The Prattville Police Department arrested a woman named Angelica Reenee Thomas in connection to a shooting outside the Prattville Walmart on Cobbs Ford Road on Sunday night.
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The police took her into custody at another place shortly after a man was shot several times in what they described as a domestic situation.
Police Chief Mark Thompson said that the police and firefighters went to the store’s parking lot at about 7:37 p.m. because people reported hearing gunshots. When they arrived, they discovered a man who had been shot multiple times in his legs.
The injured person was made stable and taken to a hospital in Montgomery for treatment. The police chief mentioned that the injuries were serious but not life-threatening. The victim’s name is not disclosed as the investigation is ongoing.
Thomas is in Autauga Metro Jail without bond. He’s facing charges of serious domestic violence (assault) and reckless endangerment.
Safety Concerns Raised After Shooting at Prattville Walmart Parking Lot
People are back at the Prattville Walmart within a day after a shooting in the parking lot. The police say a man got shot many times in a family argument, and they’ve arrested a woman.
Tony Garrett from Central Alabama Crimestoppers said, “We don’t want to be in a society where you can’t pump gas or you can’t go shopping because you’re worried about someone actually shooting in the shopping center.”
Garrett wants people to know they don’t need to fear leaving their homes. He mentioned that most of these crimes involve people who are familiar with each other. “A majority of cases are because of domestic violence, because of frustration,” he said.
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During holiday shopping, people should be careful. Garrett advises everyone to have a plan. If shoppers hear gunshots, they should leave their things, like groceries, and run away to stay safe.
“I know some people, they like to go toward the excitement and just to be an observer. No, you’re getting in the way of law enforcement,” Garrett said. Getting too close to the action is also dangerous.
If shoppers can’t run away, they should find a hiding spot. Hopefully, the person with the gun isn’t after them and will leave. But if not, be ready to defend yourself. It’s not always easy, and gun owners need to be careful and think about the consequences.
“How are you going to decide which one or who to shoot? Especially if it’s a situation that doesn’t involve you,” Garrett said. He also reminds everyone that police increase patrols and resources at shopping centers during the holidays.