*AUGUST 2ND UPDATE @ 8AM*
The Southaven Walmart shooter has reportedly talked with police as he continues to recover from a gunshot wound in the hospital. Police say the store’s surveillance system captured nearly everything that happened on the property Tuesday. Martez Abram shot and killed two of his former coworkers, then shot an officer. The officer who is recovering. Abrams was also hit by return fire from from the police. SPD is not discussing details of the interview with Abrams.
Walmart in Southaven at 6811 Southcrest Boulevard is closed indefinitely following Tuesday morning’s deadly shooting at 6:30am on July 30, 2019. There is no timeline on when the store will reopen.
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The suspect in the case has been identified as former employee Martez Terrell Abram. Abram, 39. Abram has been charged with 2 counts of murder. Prosecutors say Martez Abram say doesn’t have any criminal history. Authorities say Abram had recently been suspended after he showed another employee a knife he had in his belt. They say the employee was concerned and wanted to make a report, which is believed to be the motive for Tuesday morning’s shooting.
Abram apparently walked into the store and confronted one worker. That worker immediately called police due to his concern. Within 3 minutes, an officer was on scene, according to Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore. However, Abram had already began shooting, killing two employees. Those workers are identified as 40 year-old Anthony Clay Brown, of Olive Branch, and 36 year-old Brandon Gales, of Hernando. An officer wearing a vest was also injured in the shooting, but is expected to recover.
More details are emerging about a report that may have led to the deadly Walmart shooting in Southaven. Records show Southaven police were called to the store last week after alleged shooter Martez Abram apparently showed another employee a knife in his waistband. It apparently followed an argument between Abram and another employee over a work-related issue and was caught on surveillance video. An unidentified man wanted police to document the situation but didn’t want to press charges against Abram, who was suspended from work.
The Southaven police officer wounded while responding to the deadly Walmart shooting is out of the hospital. The officer has not yet been publicly identified. Authorities say a customized bullet-proof vest and recent active shooter training saved the officer’s life. Alleged shooter Martez Abram is charged with killing two of his former co-workers at the store during Tuesday’s shooting.
Officers began searching for Abram and found him on the west side of the store in the parking lot outside. Shots were exchanged by at least one officer and Abram. The officer was injured, Abram was also hit. The Southaven police officer wounded while responding to the deadly Walmart shooting is out of the hospital. The officer has not yet been publicly identified. Authorities say a customized bullet-proof vest and recent active shooter training saved the officer’s life. Alleged shooter Martez Abram is charged with killing two of his former co-workers at the store during Tuesday’s shooting.
Abram attempted to start a fire in the baby section of the store, which was quickly put out by other employees. A suspicious backpack was discovered later, but turned out to be not involved.
Friends and loved ones gathered in the parking lot of the store Tuesday afternoon to remember the Brown and Gales, both fathers, as kind and dedicated to their jobs.
In a statement, Walmart President and CEO Greg Foran expressed the company’s concern and thanked law enforcement and first responders for their efforts. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is now handling the case.