Customers return to Walmart day after deadly shooting

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) — It was back to business for Walmart on Wednesday following a deadly shooting.

Crime scene tape was torn down and officers had left the scene by the time the store was ready to re-open before 11 a.m.

Trenton Story was one of the first people to set foot inside the store.

Police and deputies respond to a shooting inside a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio.
Police and deputies respond to a shooting inside a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio. (WDTN Photo\Brad Livesay)

“Walking in there and just kind of seeing the look on the faces of some of the employees and some of the management staff there, you can kind of tell this has affected them,” said Story.

Story originally arrived at the store Tuesday night shortly after police shot a gunman who they said was nonchalantly waving a rifle inside.

“I mean you had police cars here. This whole strip right here was blocked off,” described Story. “At the end of the day, the police officer has a duty to protect the people of the community, and at the same time protect themselves.”

Beavercreek resident Mark Hadley was also in shock.

“When I heard about it last night from my wife, I was more scared than anything because I don’t want to bring my kids in the store where there’s going to be a gunman,” said Hadley.

He said with two kids, safety is a concern.

“I don’t expect anything like that to happen here in this area at all,” stated Hadley.

While residents and employees are still waiting for a sense of normalcy to return, they say this incident won’t deter them from shopping here.

“You can’t stop living,” said Story. “If you stop coming to Walmart because of something that happened regardless of the situation whether it was something isolated like this or other major cases you let those people win.”

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