Kaufman police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and the gunman wounded at a Wal-Mart store, authorities say.
Police responded to an “active shooter” call just after 10 a.m. at the store in the 300 block of Kings Fort Parkway, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reports.
Authorities say a 55-year-old man walked into the garden center and, without saying a word, shot a Wal-Mart employee multiple times with a handgun, said Capt. Ed Black, a police spokesman. The gunman then shot himself.
The 59-year-old victim died at the scene, and the shooter was airlifted to a Dallas hospital, police said. The gunman’s condition was not immediately available.
Police say the two men were neighbors in Henderson County, but it’s unclear what the motive might have been.
The store was evacuated, and lockdowns were briefly in place at nearby Kaufman High School and Norman Junior High. Those lockdowns have been lifted.
Shortly after the shooting, NBC5 called the Wal-Mart and got the following recording: “Thank you for calling Wal-Mart in Kaufman. You’ll need to call back later. We’ve had to evacuate the building. Thank you.”
By 11 a.m., employees were allowed to return to the store, but it was closed to shoppers.
A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said in a statement, “We’re deeply saddened by the tragic situation that occurred in our store today. We’re assisting law enforcement however we can and our thoughts are with the families and our associates at this time.”