Walmart employee charged with shooting at people while on the clock

A 21-year-old former Brown Deer Walmart employee has been charged after authorities said he shot at a vehicle people were inside following a fight inside the store.

Carlton Young of Milwaukee was charged Wednesday with endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and recklessly endangering safety.

The incident occurred on March 1 around 3:15 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot, located at 6300 W. Brown Deer Road, which is often busy with customers and employees.

According to a criminal complaint, surveillance footage shows Young was working in customer service when he was approached by two men.

Suddenly, a fight broke out in which several employees and a customer tried to break up the argument, the complaint states. The two men and a woman left the store and got into an SUV in the parking lot.

However, Young went to the staff locker room to grab his “stuff” before exiting the doors of the convenience store on the west side of the building. He pulled a gun from his waistband, fired several shots at the SUV, hitting him at least once. complaint lists and image shows.

Young then fled his workplace on foot before being arrested about two blocks north of Walmart.

Young claimed he acted in self-defense in an interview with detectives later that day. He said he was jumped or attacked by the two men while at work and that the people were “some random people.” Prosecutors said footage shows Young knew the two men.

Young said he doesn’t remember what happened after the fight when he left the employee’s locker room. He said he couldn’t remember much and that we would have to watch the video.

He then reiterated his position that he acted in self-defense and that “I feel like I probably need a lawyer or something.” Young’s attorney did not immediately respond Thursday.

Young made his first court appearance on Wednesday. His cash bond was set at $7,500. The next hearing is scheduled for March 12.

A Walmart spokesperson said Young is no longer with the company, adding, “This incident is unacceptable and against company policy.”

The incident caused customers and employees to run for cover. “I just went to the ground and went down,” customer Amanda Hendrick told WITI-TV. “People were running and screaming. It was just scary.”

This is at least the third shooting incident at a Walmart in Milwaukee since 2020. In 2021, one person was injured in a shooting at the Walmart located at 10330 W. Silver Spring Drive. Walmart closed that location in 2023. In 2020, three people were shot and injured outside Walmart at 401 E. Capitol Drive.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all,” customer Nyla Phillips told WITI-TV. “More and more violent incidents are happening in places where it is normal. Walmart is becoming known for this kind of behavior.”

Drake Bentley can be reached at dbentley1@gannett.com or 414-391-5647.

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