Martez Abram shot-and-killed two people at a Mississippi Walmart on July 30, according to the DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion. Abram, 39, is also accused of wounding a police officer during the attack. The shooting occurred at around 6:30 a.m. in the city of Southaven, close to the Mississippi/Tennessee border, 13 miles south of Memphis. He was named as the lone suspect in the crime some 12 hours after the shooting occurred.
Abram has been identified as a disgruntled employee who had recently been suspended having worked at the Walmart location for 25 years. DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion said in announcing Abram as the suspect, that Abram had no prior criminal record. He is expected to face charges of two counts of first-degree murder. Authorities believe that Abram acted alone. The gun used in the shooting was purchased legally.
The two men who were killed have been named as Brandon Gales, 38, and Anthony Brown, 40. Officials have said that Gales was shot dead in the parking lot of the store while Brown was found dead inside of the store.
A responding police officer was shot by Abram, those bullets struck the officer’s bulletproof vest, officials said. Abram was then shot twice by a second officer.
This shooting comes two days after authorities say 19-year-old Santino William Leganshot-and-killed three people, a 6-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man, at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in northern California. Legan was shot dead by police officers who were working at the festival.