At least one person was injured Wednesday in a shooting outside a Walmart near the Marietta suburb of Atlanta, Cobb County police said.
police in the tweet Multiple injuries were initially reported, but Deputy Chief Behnken later said at least one person was shot and taken to a hospital 5 miles away in a private vehicle. The person’s condition is unclear.
Police responded to a report of an active shooter and later determined the shooting was “between two different groups … in the outer area of the Walmart Auto Center,” according to Cohen.
“These are two groups that know each other,” the deputy commissioner said. “They had an altercation … there was no danger to the public.”
Several people were detained for questioning, Cohen said. The 203,000-square-foot Walmart was evacuated, but no shots were fired inside, police said. The car center is behind the store on the right side, behind the garden center, and has its own small parking lot.
Customer Gail Parks told CNN affiliate WSB, “The guy started running through the store screaming ‘Active shooter! Active shooter!’ “People started scattering, dropping things, running out of the store.”
Walmart spokeswoman Ashley Nolan said the company is working closely with police.
The shooting came two weeks after six store employees were killed by gunmen at a Virginia Walmart.
A manager on the night shift at a Chesapeake Walmart allegedly opened fire with a pistol in the break room on Nov. 22, the third mass shooting in Virginia in November.
Walmart spokesman Charles Clauson said the Chesapeake store is closed for the “foreseeable future” and will be remodeled before reopening.
According to the US Census Bureau, Cobb County has a population of approximately 767,000 people.