A large amount of police were in and around the Walmart in the Waterworks Shopping Plaza in Pittsburgh after witnesses reported hearing gunshots Tuesday evening.
PITTSBURGH — A large amount of police were in and around the Walmart in the Waterworks Shopping Plaza in Pittsburgh after witnesses reported hearing gunshots Tuesday evening.
One customer told Channel 11 News they saw a crowd running from the store about 5:30 p.m. Witnesses said they thought it was a fire drill until they saw police entering the building with guns drawn.Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said the incident started as a domestic situation inside the Walmart that spilled out into the parking lot. Shots were fired.
An innocent bystander was sitting in the backseat of a car waiting for a family member to finish shopping when the car was caught in the crossfire. He was not hurt, and Hissrich said he had no connection to the situation.
The car was littered with bullet holes.
“How he escaped is what I would consider a miracle,” Hissrich said. “He was shaken up from what he witnessed.”
Police are now looking for four suspects — three of whom drove off in a car.
Hissrich said investigators believe the shooters were initially inside the store but came outside before firing their weapons.
SWAT scoured every inch of the store and tactical teams even climbed up a firetruck ladder to search the roof for the armed suspects. They thought the fourth suspect might have still been inside.
“We believe the individuals that did the shooting were inside, then went outside, did the shooting and possibly one or two reentered the building,” Hissrich said.
The store was evacuated.