Sheriff: Gunfight at Baton Rouge Walmart prompts massive police response

BATON ROUGE – An altercation that escalated to gunfire caused panic inside a local Walmart Tuesday.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says a 911 call reporting a “possible active shooter” at the Walmart on Burbank Drive at Bluebonnet came in just before noon. A massive law enforcement presence, including sheriff’s deputies, Baton Rouge Police and Louisiana State Police, was spotted outside the store. Officers were also dispatched to other Walmarts in the Baton Rouge area.

The store was immediately evacuated after witnesses reported hearing several shots inside. 

The sheriff says the incident is not being considered an active shooting situation at this time but instead stemmed from an altercation between two people inside the store. The fight led to guns being drawn and an innocent bystander being struck twice while standing in the check-out line.

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