The Latest: Brother names victim dead at Mississippi Walmart

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UPDATE: SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly shooting at a north Mississippi Walmart (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

A brother is identifying one of two people killed in a shooting Tuesday at a Mississippi Walmart.

Nicholas Gales tells The Associated Press that his brother Brandon Gales was shot and killed Tuesday at the store in Southaven, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee.

Employees say Gales was shot in a parking lot outside the store, while a second employee was shot inside the store. Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore says the suspect shot an officer who was saved by his bulletproof vest before a second officer shot the suspect twice. The unnamed suspect is in surgery at a Memphis hospital.

Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite says the suspect is a disgruntled Walmart employee.

Travis Jones, a stocker at the store, says Gales was a close friend, calling him an “all-around good guy.” He says he and Gales grew up together in nearby Hernando and that Gales had four children.

Jones said he also saw the body of a store manager on the floor as he ran from the store.

11:15 a.m.

The mayor of Southaven, Mississippi says a disgruntled Walmart worker is responsible for the shootings that killed two co-workers and wounded an officer Tuesday morning.

Mayor Darren Musselwhite said the gunman had a grievance. The town’s police chief, Macon Moore, says he got into a shootout with officers in a Walmart parking lot after killing the store employees. Moore says one officer was “saved by his vest” before the second officer shot the suspect twice.

The chief said the suspect was in surgery after being taken to a hospital in neighboring Memphis, Tennessee.

Workers said he shot one person in the store parking lot around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday before entering the store and shooting a second person.

Moore says the wounded officer is recovering. He says police continue seeking to clear the store, in part because they had to call in a bomb squad for a suspicious package.

8:45 a.m.

Officials say two people are dead and a police officer and a suspect were shot at a Walmart in the northern Mississippi city of Southaven, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee.

WREG-TV reports both of the people who died Tuesday morning were Walmart employees. WHBQ-TV reports one person was found dead in the store and another found dead in the parking lot.

The suspect was taken to a Memphis hospital. His condition wasn’t reported.

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto tells WATN-TV the officer was hit in his bulletproof vest and not seriously injured.

The Walmart is in a shopping complex in Southaven, just south of Memphis. A massive police presence surrounded the store Tuesday morning.

Walmart employees joined a prayer circle outside. The company didn’t immediately respond to phone calls and information requests.

ORIGINAL: SOUTHAVEN, Miss. ( – Four people have been shot, including a police officer at Walmart in Southaven.

Our sister station WATN has confirmed that two employees were shot and killed early Tuesday morning, one outside the store, the other inside.

According to Baptist DeSoto, the police officer who was shot was hit in his bulletproof vest and was not injured.

The shooter was shot by an officer and is currently at Regional One, condition unknown.

A Walmart employee told WATN that the shooter is a former employee who worked at the store for 25 years before recently being fired.

The shooting happened around 6:30 or 6:45 at the Walmart store on Southcrest Parkway off Goodman Road.

WATN has a crew on the scene.

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