Police kill rifle-wielding man at Ohio Wal-Mart

"There is a gentleman walking around with a gun in the store. ... He’s, like, pointing it at people”
Associated Press
Aug 7, 2014

 

A man in a southwest Ohio Wal-Mart store waved a rifle at customers, including children, and was fatally shot by police when he wouldn’t drop the weapon, according to police and a recorded 911 call from a witness.

Authorities said a customer also died after suffering a medical problem during the evacuation of the store Tuesday. Police identified her as Angela Williams, 37, of Fairborn.

Police identified the man shot Tuesday night at the Wal-Mart store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek as John Crawford, 22, of Cincinnati. He died at a hospital. It’s unclear why he had the weapon in the store. A statement from police didn’t address Crawford’s motives or provide further details about him. Beavercreek police said initial investigations indicate the officers responded appropriately. State investigators will review the shooting.

A man who witnessed the scene told a 911 dispatcher a man with a rifle was near the pet supplies section and appeared to be loading the firearm. “There is a gentleman walking around with a gun in the store. ... He’s, like, pointing it at people” the witness said. Later in the call, sounds like gunshots can be heard, followed by someone screaming for people to leave.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said by email Wednesday the company is working with investigators and is “deeply saddened about the loss of life”

Comments

The Big Dog's back

Hey, he was just exercising his right to bear arms. Another right wingnut.

wasthere

Or maybe he was a left wingnut like the one that shot Jim Brady.

The Big Dog's back

The one that shot Brady was a Bush family friend. But hey, don't let facts get in the way of a good story.

MiddleRight

Had there been concealed carry people in the store, he would have never got it loaded.

The Big Dog's back

And you know there wasn't how?

knowitall

Yep. God bless him. Let's just hand out guns to everyone, including bazookas, RPGs and all. Wait! That is basically what we allow now!
Maybe we can have more idiots visit schools and stores.
I am with ya Big Dog.

coasterfan

I support the right to arm bears. They are no less intelligent than the average teaparty member.

Whoa... a Jim Brady reference. You had to go back 32 years to find an example of a leftwing who did something irresponsible with a gun? I guess that's rather telling, isn't it?

Donegan

Gabby Giffords attempted assassin is a left wing radical and that was 2010. Face it you pray that others especially children get hurt by someone with a weapon of some sort so you have a example to parade around for a agenda. That's pretty sick in itself. Some times i have a hard time trying to decide who is sicker, Those that do the act or those that get giddy with the idea they can drag dead children out and hold them up and say "Here, Here is a dead child, we need to do whatever someone in washington says because they will stop this insanity. Look, Look here a dead kid".
Like i have said before Liberalism is a disease.

The Big Dog's back

Yep, don't let facts get in the way of your story either done again.

downthemiddle

While you're at 913 licking prestons boots don't let his ankles get in the way of your destination.

Donegan

You would not know a fact if it jumped up and bit you. You are just mad there are no dead kids to prance around in this story.

wasthere

And you take bigdogs word for it that he was a friend of the Bush's? Good thing you are ONLY a music teacher. Go blow a flute.

deertracker

Perfect example of a good guy with a gun stopping a right wingnut/bad guy with a gun! His 2nd Amendment rights have been REVOKED!

MiddleRight

He's 22 from Cincinnati. 80% chance he was a liberal.

coasterfan

If he's from southern Ohio, it's more likely he votes GOP. But to be honest, crazy people come from both parties.

The difference is that only the Right Wingers support policies that make it easier for the crazies to get guns and kill people.

The Big Dog's back

Liberal and Cincinnati don't belong in the same same sentence.

KnuckleDragger

You might want to go back and look at all the recent mass killings and their political affiliation. I'll give you a hint, they weren't republicans.

Pterocarya frax...

Got any proof of that?...I didn't thinks so.

rottnrog

Bet he was a proud NRA member !!!

KURTje

Sweet!!

KnuckleDragger

There are some reports in local papers around dayton that the man was actually in possession of a toy gun.

deertracker

Not anymore! Toy or not!

MiddleRight

Actually, you liberals jacked this one all up.
Fake gun which you and your heavy handed cops couldn't figure out. And you shot a black guy who was a father of 2.
http://www.daytondailynews.com/n...

Not NRA, not Right-wing nut, and didn't even have a weapon. Typical AP and Liberal jump to conclusions though!

deertracker

NO, that's how Blacks are treated by LE! Didn't you know?

coasterfan

Yup, rightwing folks never ever jump to conclusions. The entire Obama years have been a non-stop parade of "jump to conclusions" by the conservative party, and most of the time, they've been dead wrong.

The latest example: last week the Republican-led committee investigating the Benghazi quietly announced that they found NO evidence of wrongdoing or cover-up by Pres. Obama or his administration. Big surprise, since the previous eight (8) hearings found out exactly the same thing. Betcha didn't hear that covered on Fox, huh...

I'm thinking that historians won't have a lot of good things to say about the Republican Party 2000-2020. Especially since history doesn't usually get written by the losers. You Republicans are so cute with that utter lack of self-awareness. You might make a good pet.

MiddleRight

There is no need to jump to conclusions. Just let his failures speak for themselves.

I do like how in typical liberal fashion, you didn't address your jumping to conculsions and getting this story all worng, but instead tried to deflect to a totally separate topic.

KnuckleDragger

More off-topic blather from Obama's anal probe.

The Big Dog's back

Ohhhhh, middle, so you're saying because he was Black there's no way he could be right wing and a member of the NRA? Gotcha. Only whites can be right wing and members of the NRA. OKkkkkkk.

getit right be4...

This will be very interesting once the surveillance video is released.

Restless1

Crawford was taken to the store by his girlfriend, Thomas, and was talking with the mother of his children, Johnson?
Last I saw the guns in stores are mounted on cardboard displays encased in a plastic bubble.
Revvvrend Jackson is on his way!

holysee

ned tugent dould shie!

I

What a bunch of liberal morons...jumping for joy when they ASSume the man killed by police was a right winger. You are everything that's wrong with the Democrat Party.

downthemiddle

In spades......

sugar

They shot a man with a toy gun???? Wow just wow.
This is directly because of liberal hysteria about mass shootings. You nut cases gin up everything, sad thing is it starts at the top of your loony party for an agenda and you fools pant right along behind.

wallyworld16

What is the reason for a (SUPPOSEDLY) grown man to be playing a video game in a Walmart, and waving a toy gun at customers after being told to put it down? Because he was a MORON! Sorry to speak ill of the dead, but it's the truth.

And my GUESS is, this "man" and his children are on some type of assistance program. After all, he had two kids (and a third on the way) with one woman, but was taken to the store by his current girlfriend. http://m.daytondailynews.com/new.... Can you say "baby daddy?"

What makes the story even more sad AND disturbing is that the NAACP is ONCE AGAIN sticking their nose in where it doesn't belong.

I'm not saying he deserved to die, but the guy apparently didn't have too many brain cells left. And because of the ignorance of this man, an INNOCENT 37-year old woman died.

Where is the NAACP when it comes to advocating (against the "victim") on behalf of Angela Williams in this shooting? Oh wait, Williams--the ONLY victim from this sad situation--was Caucasian...and any group representing her would be racist.

deertracker

The video should answer any and all questions.

dorothy gale

If a cop tells you to drop your weapon and you fail to do so, then you deserve whatever happens to you! This SHOULD be a no-brainer. I agree, the guy was a moron.

deertracker

I'll wait for the video dorothy!

The Big Dog's back

sugar, why wasn't your arse there to tell them it was a toy gun?

CommonsenseNow

100% agreed. This man was shot because he was a black youth with a toy gun. If he were a white, suburban kid with it, the outcome may have been different. Ironic, since that later fits "the profile" of mass shooters, with some exceptions. But I don't believe in profiles. Because when people profile and stereotype, this is what happens. There has to be other ways of filtering out who is a possible threat and who is not besides broad brush, small-minded, hypocritical judgments about someone based on their color, political party affiliation, age, etc. The media is partly responsible for this too ... the most prolific promoters of hate and stereotypes next to our politicians.

Dr. Information

99% of people black people voted for Obama the last 2 elections. I'll take my chances being from the Dayton/Cinci area that he was an Obama voter.

Not that it matters, but to you liberals, its just a STFU card. So please STFU now.

knowitall

What does STFU mean?

KURTje

Clearly most have never been around weapons. Glad they did what they did.

Dr. Information

You cannot prance around a store pretending to shoot people and not expect a good outcome. He killed a woman involuntarily by giving her a heart attack while she fled for her life. He got the bullet and deserved it.

lunchtime 175

Where were the security people at this walmart when this was going on???? Don't the security people watch the cameras in that store??????? How could a person walk in the store with a gun and not be noticed when they came in the door?? Apparently the security people at that walmart and all the employees there don't pay much attention to the people that walk in the door??

CommonsenseNow

This was such a sad story. The man, who was shot, just got a bb gun after playing in the video game section; typical young male, period. From what I understand he was talking to his mother at the time of the incident, who claimed she heard him say "it's not a real gun" and then heard shots and her son's dying cries (there are definitely conflicting stories between what the police say and what the witnesses say). Whatever the circumstances, what a tragedy. Unnecessary. And now an innocent youth is dead. The hysterical man who called 911 (probably and without thinking judged the guy based on his skin color...black man wielding a gun); the hysterical police who came running (probably wanting to be heroes and pre-programmed by the few mass shootings that have occurred in our history) all played a part in gunning down an innocent child. What can we learn from this situation? Not to touch BB guns if you're a black youth? Now I know some of you will send me your love notes (I'm sure filled with all sorts of name-calling) ... but peace out.