Phoenix City, AL (WTVM) – We have new details about a shooting inside the Phenix City Walmart on the 280 Bypass that led to a high-speed manhunt in Auburn Sunday night.
Police said they began by attempting to steal two 65-inch televisions, with a total value of about $2,000.
One suspect has been arrested, but the whereabouts of the second has not yet been determined.
“I remember a time when there was a shooting in Texas at a Walmart that killed several customers and employees,” said a witness to the incident who asked not to be identified. “It was a few years ago, and it brought up in my memory. I was like ‘Oh my God that happened, and it could happen again.'”
Just before 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Phoenix police were called to Walmart on the 280 Bypass in reference to a burglary and shootings.
Lieutenant Angela Leslie of the Phoenix City Police Department told us that as soon as the two suspects, Dewante Levon Richardson and Chimekia Brooks, were questioned about two televisions in their possession, Richardson fired a single shot that hit the entrance floor…then they both ran into a car and sped off.
“When we finally got close to the door to see if it was clear we were going, I saw a female colleague and asked her if he had been released,” explained the anonymous witness. She took out her ear phones, and said, ‘What’s going on? And I was like, “You don’t know what’s going on or have any idea what just happened?”
This anonymous witness said the atmosphere inside the store was chaotic, with some customers running for shelter and others continuing to shop as overhead updates were never given.
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told News Leader 9’s Ashley Williams that his team is aware of the situation as well as the suspected silver 2015 Kia Optima. Deputies later contacted that vehicle at Bleeker Junction, and continued on to Auburn where the chase finally ended in a wreck.
“There have been several attempts to deal with spike strips that involve controlled deflation of tires to stop them,” said Sheriff Jones. “The driver was able to avoid these attempts until he reached a point near Chewacla Park where Auburn Police were able to effectively engage the vehicle using spikes to stop it.”
Brooks was immediately arrested for theft. The other suspect left the wreckage on foot. Deuante Levon Richardson currently has two warrants pending for his arrest, for burglary and carrying a handgun without a license. We were told that Richardson is from the Montgomery area.
Several Alabama law enforcement agencies assisted in the search for Richardson as of about 1 a.m. Monday, including the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Helicopter Squad.
If you have any information about Richardson’s whereabouts, call 911 immediately. You can always remain anonymous.
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