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Man arrested after Sanford Wal-Mart shooting

A 42-year-old Sanford man faces charges after police say he fired a handgun during an argument at the Wal-Mart store on N.C. Highway 87 Friday night.

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SANFORD, N.C. — Police arrested and charged a Sanford man for firing a handgun inside a Wal-Mart store late Friday.

Officers said that James Larry Kitchens, 42, got into an argument with another man while in line at the check-out counter at the Wal-Mart, 3310 N.C. Highway 87 South, shortly before 11 p.m.

The men struggled with each other, and Kitchens pulled out a handgun, investigators said. Kitchens, of 948 S. Bag St., allegedly shot at the other man twice.

No one was injured in the incident, police said.

Shoppers were evacuated from the Wal-Mart, and the store was closed for about 25 minutes.

Kitchens faces one count each of carrying a concealed weapon and discharging a firearm within city limits. He had been released from the Lee County Jail under a $1,000 secured bond by Saturday afternoon.

Investigators recovered the handgun at the scene of the shooting.


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