Walmart employee charged in parking lot shooting

Prosecutors filed criminal charges Wednesday against a Walmart employee in a parking lot who shot outside the Brown Deer Walmart. Carlton Young was working in customer service at the Brown Deer Road business on March 1 when two men approached him and a fight ensued, prosecutors said in a criminal complaint. The complaint said a woman who tried to break up the fight left the store with the two men and got into an SUV. Young fired the weapon just a few feet from the supermarket exit, where several customers were. walking in the neighborhood,” Assistant District Attorney Joshua Mathy wrote in the complaint. A news release from Brown Deer Police Sgt. Lea Olsen said the gunshots hit the vehicle the people involved in the fight were in. That day, Olsen said it was unclear whether the shots hit anyone in the vehicle. Olsen did not respond to an email message after the criminal charges were filed. The complaint also did not confirm whether anyone was hit. Not long after the shooting, officers arrested Young in a neighborhood just north of the Walmart near North Goldendale Drive and West Silver Brook Lane. Speaking to detectives, Young claimed the gunshots were in self-defense. Young was jumped by ‘some random people’ he doesn’t know,” Mathy wrote in the complaint. “Young said he ‘returned self-defense shots’ because he was jumped on. Young said he was punched, kicked and strangled.” According to the complaint, Young told the detective, “It was self-defense, I don’t know.” “I don’t feel like this is going in my favor, I haven’t done anything, so I feel like I probably need a lawyer or something.” Young, 21, is charged with recklessly endangering safety and reckless use of a firearm Online records indicate Young was scheduled to make an initial appearance on Wednesday, March 6. This story will be updated.

Prosecutors filed criminal charges Wednesday against a Walmart employee in a parking lot who shot outside the Brown Deer Walmart.

Carlton Young was working in customer service at the Brown Deer Road business on March 1 when two men approached him and a fight ensued, prosecutors said in a criminal complaint.

According to the complaint, a woman who tried to break up the argument left the store with the two men and got into an SUV.

“Young fired the weapon just a few feet from the exit of the convenience store, where several customers were walking nearby,” Assistant District Attorney Joshua Mathy wrote in the complaint.

A news release from Brown Deer Police Sgt. Lea Olsen said the gunshots hit the vehicle the people involved in the fight were in. That day, Olsen said it was unclear whether the shots hit anyone in the vehicle.

Olsen did not respond to an email message after the criminal charges were filed.

The complaint also did not confirm whether anyone was hit.

Not long after the shooting, officers arrested Young in a neighborhood just north of the Walmart near North Goldendale Drive and West Silver Brook Lane.

Speaking to detectives, Young claimed the gunshots were in self-defense.

“Young was ambushed by ‘some random people’ he doesn’t know,” Mathy wrote in the complaint. “Young said he ‘returned self-defense shots’ because he was jumped on. Young said he was punched, kicked and strangled.”

According to the complaint, Young told the detective, “It was self-defense, I don’t feel like this is going in my favor, I didn’t do anything, so I feel like I probably need a lawyer or something.”

Young, 21, is charged with recklessly endangering safety and reckless use of a firearm.

Online records show Young was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday, March 6.

This story will be updated.

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