UPDATES: Shots fired outside Walmart in The Waterworks mall, police looking for 4 suspects

A Pittsburgh police SWAT team responded to the Walmart department store in The Waterworks mall Tuesday evening after shots had been fired.

Amy Hudak, of Trib news partner WPXI, reported that Wendell Hissrich, Pittsburgh public safety director, said the shooting happened outside of Walmart. He believes the shooters were inside the store and came outside when multiple shots were fired.

A car was shot up outside of Walmart. At about 6:45 p.m., police were looking for four men.

Freeport Road has been closed in both directions in the area in front of the strip shopping mall.

Pittsburgh Public Safety tweeted that one vehicle was struck with bullets, but no one was shot.

SWAT officers were searching the Walmart to ensure no suspects are taking refuge inside. Hissrich said one suspect was believed to be in the store.

Penn Hills residents Kevin Dumas and his wife, Nina, had just entered the store they heard a popping sound. The two thought nothing of it until later when they were checking out some paper products and employees told them and other customers to evacuate.

Kevin said they learned of the vehicle being shot up and people began fleeing.

“Thank God we weren’t in the line of fire,” he said.

The couple went to the nearby Giant Eagle at the plaza. By the time they attempted to go back to Walmart, police had taped off the area.

Dumas said he never would’ve thought there would have been a crime at this Walmart.

This story will be updated.

PITTSBURGH — A large amount of police are in and around the Walmart in the Waterworks Shopping Plaza in Pittsburgh after witnesses reported hearing gunshots.

One customer told Channel 11 they saw a crowd running from the store.

Witnesses said they thought it was a fire drill until they saw police entering the building.

Channel 11 reporters are getting more information about what happened, and when the store will reopen, for WPXI Tonight at 11 p.m.

The crime scene is large, according to Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich, who added that some people involved in the shooting outside have left the area.

Hissrich said investigators believe the shooters were initially inside the store, but came outside before firing their weapons.

Four people were possibly involved, according to Hissrich, three of whom are believed to have left.

Hissrich also said he believes this incident stemmed from a domestic dispute.

The SWAT tactical team was there and did an extensive search of the store, including the roof, as they looked for the fourth person who may have been inside.

 

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