FESTUS • Police on Tuesday quickly arrested two suspects accused of shooting a man in a restroom at a Walmart Supercenter, authorities said.
The victim was shot at a store at 650 South Truman Boulevard about 11:45 a.m. The man is expected to survive, said Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis. He did not have more details about the victim’s injuries or how many shots were fired.
The suspects and the victim knew each other, and police on Tuesday were sorting out what led to the shooting. Lewis said a handgun was used.
The victim was taken to Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City.
Lewis commended his officers and other departments who responded for their quick work, saying both suspects were arrested within 20 minutes of the shooting.
One was arrested in the store’s parking lot and the other, who was in a Mercedes, near the corner of South Adams and South Second streets in Festus.
The store was closed after the shooting.
“This whole building is a crime scene,” Lewis said.
The boundary between Festus and Crystal City runs through the middle of the store, said Crystal City Police Chief Jeff McCreary, whose department is assisting Festus police in the investigation.
Because the shooting happened in the north end of the building, McCreary said it falls under the jurisdiction of Festus police.
Shopper Brett Seib said he came to the store shortly before noon and saw the lot swarming with police as a young man was being loaded into an ambulance.
He was allowed inside the store, where he did his grocery shopping for dinner, he said.
Many police officers were inside as well. As he approached the checkout with his groceries, a message over the intercom told everyone to leave.
The store reopened about 5:30 p.m.