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Three shot at Wendell Food Lion, shooter at large

Posted December 7, 2011

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— Wendell police were searching for a 21-year-old man accused of shooting three people at a grocery store Wednesday evening.

Authorities said the shooting took place inside the Food Lion, at 2837 Wendell Boulevard, around 7:15 p.m. as the result of a domestic dispute between an employee and his partner.

Police said Tariq James Taylor is a suspect in the shooting and are attempting to locate him.

Food Lion employee Brent Thomas saw the two men arguing and tried to break it up. 

"I was telling him to leave. I was pushing on him, but it was like I wasn't even there," Thomas said. "He was pale. He was sweating. It looked like he could have been on something." 

Food Lion employee tried to stop shooting Food Lion employee tried to stop shooting

A few minutes later, Thomas said he heard gunshots and found the male employee shot multiple times and another employee shot in the leg. Thomas said a woman interviewing for a job was also shot. 

The victims were taken to WakeMed Hospital. Their names were not released. The male employee involved in the dispute was in serious condition and one of the other victims was listed in fair condition, authorities said.

Initially search dogs were used to track the shooter, but due to heavy rains they were unable to get a scent, authorities said. 


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  • Erin McGraw Worley Dec 8, 2011

    This is just crazy. This Food Lion was my very first store I ever worked at. I started there when I was 16 and was with the company 10 years, leaving a few years after I became a Store Manager in the area. I pray for everyone involved, especially the Food Lion employees. That was always the worst fear I had working in retail. I know not many of the people I worked with are there anymore, but I know they are thinking about everyone as well today. Bless you guys!

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Dec 8, 2011

    People in Wendell were not raised to be fearful. Those employees are our frineds and family. Let's find that Shooter folks. Crime is not welcome in Wendell or the small surrounding areas. Take that mess somewhere else.

  • ladikeats Dec 8, 2011

    My best friend was the person who called 911... I hope they catch the shooter. My thoughts and hopes are with the victims. Please keep us posted.

  • cliles6107 Dec 7, 2011

    Please keep us posted. Praying for the victims and that the shooter is found and arrested SOON!! We live too close! Hey Kimmie, Brenda, Amber, Diego, Juan, Hector, Tristian, and Ariana :)

  • killing_me_softly Dec 7, 2011

    With a shooter on the loose, we need info from the police. I am in the area and nervous.

  • dirkdiggler Dec 7, 2011

    Whoa, my husband and kids were up there about 10 minutes before this went down. Glad they got home safe. People stink :(

  • cliles6107 Dec 7, 2011

    Please keep us posted. Praying for the victims and that the shooter is found and arrested, we live to close. Hey Kimmie, and Brenda! :)

  • cheezchicken Dec 7, 2011

    Geez, you can't live in North Carolina without being involved in some random gun violence.

  • killing_me_softly Dec 7, 2011

    So senseless...

  • WooHoo2You Dec 7, 2011

    Prayingfor the victims.