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Updated: Jacksonville Wal-Mart Employee Opens Fire Inside Store, Creating Chaos

By: Lynnette Taylor/Christine Kennedy
By: Lynnette Taylor/Christine Kennedy

A man accused of shooting up the new Jacksonville Walmart made his first court appearance Monday.

Police say 18 year old Elijah Payne was working there at the time. They say he went on an employee break from his shift around 2:30 A.M. That's when he reportedly went to his car, grabbed a sawed off shotgun and covered his face in cami paint. Police say Payne held about 15 people hostage in an employee breakroom no one was injured in the attack.

Payne's charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction. He's due in court again on April 14th.

Original Story:

Customers inside Jacksonville’s newest Wal-Mart took off running for their lives early this morning in what officers called a scene of chaos.

Just after 2:30, several 911 calls started pouring in to police about shots being fired inside the store on Yopp Road.

Once on the scene, they heard more gunfire.

Police swat teams, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office along with the Highway Patrol entered the store, located and arrested 18 year old Elijah Payne, a Wal-Mart Employee, on duty at the time of incident.

Officers say Payne went out on a break, retrieved a pump shotgun from the vehicle he drove to work, painted his face black to camouflage himself and re-entered the store.

Police say he walked into the employee lounge area and held a few of them there at gunpoint.

Jacksonville police say another employee struggled with Payne and got the gun out his hand, saving the lives of those inside the store and also being held against their will.

Payne is in jail charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, kidnapping and discharging a firearm into occupied property.

Payne is under a $75,000 bond.


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