Latest on Wal-Mart shooting: 2 people drove with gunman

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Posted: May 27, 2015 4:35 PM
Latest on Wal-Mart shooting: 2 people drove with gunman

3:30 p.m.

Police say two people who were in the car with a U.S. airman when he drove to a North Dakota Wal-Mart and opened fire on people inside the store had no idea what was happening.

Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel says the two people stayed in the car when 21-year-old Marcell Willis went inside and fatally shot one worker and injured another before killing himself.

Police say 70-year-old Gregory Weiland was killed and 47-year-old Lisa Braun was injured in the shooting, which happened about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Zimmel says Willis made up a story about why he needed to stop at the store. He says the two people in the car were "as clueless to his motives as anybody else."

Zimmel says the passengers are considered witnesses and not suspects.

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1:45 p.m.

A worker killed in an apparently random shooting at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Grand Forks and a second worker who was injured were near one another and toward the front of the store when the gunman walked in.

Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick says 70-year-old overnight cashier Gregory Weiland and 47-year-old overnight grocery general manager Lisa Braun both were in the self-checkout area when 21-year-old Marcell Willis walked into the store about 1 a.m. Tuesday and opened fire.

Weiland was killed and Braun injured. Willis then turned the gun on himself.

Weiland had worked for Wal-Mart for 24 years. It wasn't immediately clear if all of those years were at the Grand Forks store. Braun has worked at the store since September 2009. She's in satisfactory condition in a hospital.

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12:30 p.m.

A man who shot at workers in a North Dakota Wal-Mart before turning the gun on himself had been stationed at the nearby Grand Forks Air Force Base since February 2013 and achieved the rank of senior airman.

The base's 319th Wing issued a statement Wednesday saying officials were "deeply saddened" by the deadly shooting early Tuesday.

Police say 21-year-old Marcell Willis fatally shot 70-year-old Gregory Weiland and injured 47-year-old Lisa Braun before killing himself. Authorities say the act appeared to be random.

Willis' father says Willis originally was from Springfield, Tennessee.

Air Force spokesman Mike Dickerson tells The Associated Press he doesn't know if Willis received any commendations or disciplinary action during his time posted at Grand Forks.

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11:15 a.m.

The father of a woman injured in a shooting at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Grand Forks, North Dakota, says his daughter expects to be hospitalized for up to four days.

Forty-seven-year-old Lisa Braun is in satisfactory condition in Altru Hospital with a gunshot wound. Police say she was shot early Tuesday by 21-year-old Marcell Willis, who killed Braun's co-worker Gregory Weiland, then killed himself in an apparently random attack.

Father Larry Friesz (frees) says he's busy farming and hasn't had a chance to visit his daughter but that he has spoken with her briefly. He says she didn't offer any details about what happened and that he doesn't have specifics on her injury.

Friesz says he's shocked by the shooting, and that "when it's your own kid (injured), it's different."

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9:05 a.m.

Police have identified the man who was killed and the woman who was injured when a U.S. airman walked into a North Dakota Wal-Mart Supercenter and opened fire before turning the gun on himself.

Seventy-year-old Gregory Weiland was killed and 47-year-old Lisa Braun was injured in the shooting shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday at the store in Grand Forks.

Altru Hospital says Braun is in satisfactory condition.

Authorities say 21-year-old Marcell Willis walked into the store, shot Weiland and Braun and fired but missed at a third employee before killing himself. Lt. Derik Zimmel says police aren't identifying the third worker.

Zimmel says the shooting appears to have been random.

Willis was stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base west of the city.

The store remained closed early Wednesday.

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7:55 a.m.

Police say an autopsy will determine if a man who fatally shot one worker and injured a second before killing himself at a North Dakota Wal-Mart, had drugs or alcohol in his system.

Lt. Derik Zimmel said Wednesday that he doesn't know when the results will be available but called the autopsy "the next significant step in this case."

Authorities say 21-year-old U.S. airman Marcell Willis walked into the Grand Forks store shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday and opened fire. Zimmel says the shooting appears to have been random.

Authorities did not immediately identify the victims of the shooting.

Willis was stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base, about a dozen miles west of the city.

The store remained closed early Wednesday.

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2:10 a.m.

Police in Grand Forks, North Dakota, don't know what prompted a U.S. airman to walk into a Wal-Mart Supercenter and kill one worker, injure another and then fatally shoot himself.

Lt. Derik Zimmel says "there are likely more questions than answers" as to why 21-year-old Marcell Willis walked into the store shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday and opened fire.

Zimmel says the shooting appears to have been random. They haven't found a link between Willis and the Wal-Mart store or the employees.

Willis was stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base, about a dozen miles west of the city.

Authorities did not immediately identify the two workers who were shot. The injured person was taken to a Grand Forks hospital.