HIGH POINT, N.C. — A 24-year-old man died after he was shot multiple times at a Walmart in High Point, according to officials. Police identified the victim as Demaurice S. Turner.
The High Point Police department received a call around 2:10 p.m. Tuesday about a shooting at the Walmart on 2710 North Main Street in High Point. Witnesses said it happened toward the front door of the store.
Police arrested Zyicoren A. Little, 20, of High Point. He is charged with first-degree murder.
Officials said the victim who was shot was not a Walmart employee. He later died at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Walmart remained closed for several hours while police investigated.
Jill Carter was inside the store at the time with her family. She said they had no idea what was going on until an employee came over to them and asked them to get to a different location.
"We were at the back of the store in the infant and toddler section when a store employee came up and was like, 'Ladies, you need to come with me right now," Carter said, "There’s been a shooting. He was firm and serious but not alarming."
Carter said they were directed to a section of the store where mulch was being sold and they hid behind the mulch piles.
"Our biggest challenge really was a lot of people around us were wanting to talk about it and I kept having to look at them and say, kind of give them the 'shh' and point to her because we didn’t want her to be alarmed," Carter said, referring to her granddaughter.
Carter said she's grateful for the store employee that helped keep everyone calm during the incident.
"I give great kudos to the Walmart employee for being firm and serious but not alarming the children. That was very important," she said.
Carter said she was sad to learn the victim died.
"It’s sad anytime you lose someone and I feel for his family. I feel for the family of the shooter," she said, "It’s sad people have not learned to talk to each other and work things out without having to resort to violence. It is scary."
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