COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Police say one person was shot after a fight broke out outside a Cobb County Walmart Wednesday afternoon.
Cobb County police said they responded to reports of an active shooter at the store on Chastain Meadows Parkway just after noon.
Channel 2 Action News was the first news crew at the store after multiple Channel 2 Action News viewers called to report a massive police presence in the store’s parking lot.
Police evacuated the store and determined that there was not, in fact, an active shooter and that the shooting stemmed from a fight outside of the Walmart’s automotive center between two groups of people.
Shots were fired during the fight and one person was hit.
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The victim was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. The extent of the victim’s injuries is unclear and police have not said if the victim was involved in the fight.
Channel 2′s Michael Seiden was outside the store Wednesday afternoon, where he talked to witnesses who described the panic and chaos that broke out after the shots rang out.
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“This guy started running across the store screaming ‘Active shooter! ‘Active shooter!’ And people started scattering everywhere, dropping stuff and running out of the store,” customer Gail Parks said.
Employees told Channel 2 Action News that some people ran out of the store and hid in the nearby woods.
“It was chaotic and you could tell people were panicked,” shopper Melody Hippos said.
Deputy Chief Ben Cohen said the two groups of people involved in the fight knew each other and that there is no danger to the public.
Several people have been detained for questioning, but no arrests have been made.
An employee at Walmart told Channel 2 Action News that employees are hiding in the woods behind the store.
We have multiple crews on the scene to learn more about this developing story, on Channel 2 Action News.
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