Man charged after gunfire outside Sanford Walmart
Posted June 4, 2014
Updated June 6, 2014
Sanford, N.C. — Authorities have arrested a man and are looking for another in connection with a robbery and chase that ended in gunfire outside a Walmart Supercenter in Sanford late Wednesday morning.
Dwayne Lamont Solomon Jr., 22, of 200 Simmons St., Sanford, was jailed under a $50,000 bond Wednesday afternoon on one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and injury to personal property stemming from the incident in the store parking lot, at 3310 N.C. Highway 87 South
Sanford Police Capt. Harold Layton said the victim, Vancel Russell, of Greensboro, followed Solomon and another man in their car after he was robbed of his cellphone and wallet.
Layton said a passenger in the car fired several shots at Russell's car, and at some point, one car hit the other in the parking lot. The injury to personal property charge stems from damages to chairs and grills outside the store.
Witnesses reported seeing a white car in the parking lot blocking a black car and then seeing the black car hit the white car's bumper. A man jumped from the white car and started firing.
Russell and Solomon – who was driving the car – ran into the store and were later taken into custody for police questioning, Layton said. The other man, whom police haven't identified, ran through the parking lot.
Investigators only had a vague description of him, saying he was approximately 25 years old and was wearing a green and white shirt and jean shorts.
No one was shot, Layton said, and no one displayed a weapon inside the store. Customers and employees, however, said they were left shaken by the shooting.
"You see some crazy stuff at Walmart, but this tops it, so far," employee Michael Nettles said.