Mayor says Walmart worker killed 2, hit officer

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – 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.

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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.

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