A crazed man was fatally shot at a Costco store after brandishing a weapon inside the shopping center. Luckily there was an off-duty police officer near by.
The cop, who’s name has not been released, fatally shot the man.
According to witnesses, as reported by KCTV, the man walked into the store pointing a gun and yelling.
That’s when he came face-to-face with the off-duty officer, to which a gunfight ensued.
The Lenexa Police Department responded to the scene after received a phone call notifying them of an armed gunman, the Kansas City Star reported. When they arrived the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Luckily, the hero of this story was able to prevent any injuries from occurring to others.
The off-duty officer “was shopping, and just happened to be there when all of this occurred,” Lenexa Police Captain Wade Borchers said.
They are still investigating what the man said and did when he came into the store.
“I don’t know what his intent was, but before anything really bad could happen, he was stopped,” Capt. Borchers told KCTV.
Holiday weekend shoppers fled the busy store and parking lot when the shooting occurred, in what Capt. Borchers described as a “mass exodus.”
“I was working at the photo center, I was working on a photo scan, and I was looking at the computer screen, and then I heard some commotion happening around me,” Costco employee Ryan Vacca told WDAF.
“And I turned and looked at the front door and saw a guy walking in just kind of yelling and screaming. One of my co-workers told me to drop, and I did,” Vacca added.
WDAF was sure to point out that, according to Costco’s website, it’s against the company’s policy to take a gun inside any of its stores. However, Kansas law requires buildings that ban guns to post signs about their policy, and WDAF reported there were no signs posted on the exterior of the Costco Lenexa building.
It’s not clear if the news station is suggesting that signs would have prevented the gunman from entering, or prevented the gunman from being stopped by the officer.
Highway Patrol troopers obtained contact information from customers leaving the parking lot in order to aid the investigation, if necessary. Monday morning, shoppers and employees were permitted to return to the Costco parking lot to get their vehicles, WDAF reported.