Police: Teen behind bars after opening fire outside Upstate Walmart

EASLEY, SC (WYFF) - A 14-year-old boy was arrested late Sunday night after police say he ran from an Easley Walmart security officer, then opened fire on bystanders.

Easley police officers were called to the store at 115 Rolling Hills Circle just after 10:30 p.m., according to Lt. Jeremy Miller.

Officers were responding to assist another officer with a traffic stop, Miller said. While on that case, they observed a shoplifting suspect running out of the store and away from a loss prevention officer, Miller said.

The loss prevention officer had suspected the teen was shoplifting and approached him inside the store, Miller said.

"They were going to question him and call us, so we could take him into custody, but then he pulled out a gun," said Miller.

As the teen ran out of the store, officers heard two gunshots, and people shouting, "He has a gun," according to Miller.

The teen fired at two innocent bystanders, who tried to help security catch the teen said Miller.  Once outside the store in the parking lot, investigators said the teen turned and fire two shots at those men.

"Nobody was injured," said Miller.  "There was actually a fragment recovered from the wall of Walmart."

Officers were able to catch up to and disarm the teen, who was carrying a 9 mm handgun, according to Miller.

The teen faces two counts of attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of marijuana.  More  charges are pending, Miller said.

"We continue to investigate how the boy got the gun and who drove him to the Walmart," said Miller.

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