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  • Man in motorized cart shoots Walmart employee

    Worker rushed to hospital, condition reportedly stable
  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A man driving a motorized shopping cart shot an Anchorage, Alaska, Walmart employee during a dispute over the man's dog on a busy Saturday afternoon inside the midtown store, police said.
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  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A man driving a motorized shopping cart shot an Anchorage, Alaska, Walmart employee during a dispute over the man's dog on a busy Saturday afternoon inside the midtown store, police said.
    Police arrested the suspect minutes later. Medics rushed the victim, a man shot once in his midsection, to a hospital in stable condition, police said. The store was not shut down, a police sergeant said, and businesses continued as usual minutes later, with many shoppers unaware a shooting had taken place.
    Police have not yet identified the shooter, but said he is 45 years old. His alleged victim, 33-year-old Jason Mahi, was in surgery Saturday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said.
    The suspect, a double amputee with metal, prosthetic legs, entered the Walmart store with his service dog not on a leash, Sgt. Cameron Hokenson said. Mahi, a manager at the store, asked the man to leave in the sporting goods section, police said. "There was some kind of dispute," Hokenson said. "They were escorting him out of the store and something happened on the way out where the suspect pulled out a weapon and shot the employee."
    An off-duty police sergeant was in the store about 3 p.m., when the shooting happened, Hokenson said. "He happened to be shopping in there at the time and heard a gunshot, heard some of the employees and also some of the shoppers say somebody had been shot," Hokenson said. "He went and assessed the victim and determined the suspect had left in a motorized wheelchair, a motorized scooter-type thing."
    The off-duty sergeant and police officers just then arriving in about a dozen cars caught the man near the front entrance to the store, Hokenson said.
    Officers put the man in handcuffs and took a handgun from him, said Wayne Toovak, a witness. "It was a big, long gun," Toovak said.
    The officers removed the man's prosthetic legs and put him in the back of a patrol car. They held his light-brown dog, barely more than a pup, in the back of another police cruiser. The man likely will be charged with assault and weapons misconduct, Hokenson said. An officer said she was driving the dog home.
    Inside Walmart a short while later, there was almost no sign that a shooting had occurred. A pile of crumpled, yellow police tape sat behind the gun counter in the sporting goods section. "Sporting goods isn't going to be open for a little while," an employee said.
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