ONE YEAR LATER: Police Look Back, Forward After Walmart Shootings


Saturday marks one year since bullets started flying near a Greenville Walmart and police took down an active shooter in the middle of broad daylight.

Before noon on June 21, 2013, Greenville Police said 23 year old Lakim Faust shot 64 year old Timothy Edwards in the parking lot of the Kellum Law Firm.

Officers said the shooter then sprayed bullets in the Walmart parking lot off Greenville Boulevard.

70 year old Carroll Oakes of Grifton, 69 year old Vernon Leggett of Greenville, and 50 year old Haywood Whichard, Jr. of Greenville were all hurt in that shooting.

Officers swarmed the area in seconds, shooting the 23 year old gunman.

The four victims and the gunman survived the incident.

Now, nearly a year later, the victims continue to heal and Faust awaits trial while Greenville Police said they have found better ways to prepare and train for active shooter situations.

On Friday, the department plans to showcase their newest training method: a Jedburgh Target System.

Officers said the new training device allows them a hands-on method of training: a target is controlled by an iPad or iPod Touch and must be hit accurately to fall.

Police said they also will be sharing more on what they learned that day and every day since about protecting the public in an active shooter scenario.

Check out WITN's 90-minutes of news, starting at 5 p.m. Friday evening for more.


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