SALEM - A murder-suicide is being declared in the early morning shooting deaths at the employee parking lot at the Salem Walmart.
According to Salem Police Department Detective Dave Talbert, the dead are a man with a Campbell address and a woman -who was a Walmart employee - with a Canfield address.
At 2:40 a.m. Sunday, the Salem Police Department received a 911 call of reported shots in the southeast parking lot at Salem Walmart, located at 2875 E.State St. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased female and male.
According to Talbert, the employee was working the 10 p.m.-7 a.m. shift. She went on break with a couple of co-workers to the nearby Taco Bell and Dunkin' Donuts. They returned to the employee parking lot.
Some time later, a vehicle pulled in two spaces down from them. A male, the reported estranged boyfriend of the woman, exited his vehicle. She exited the vehicle she was in. A verbal altercation occurred. They were between the two vehicles when the male brandished a gun and shot the woman multiple times before taking his own life. The weapon used was a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun. It was located near the male who did have a concealed carry permit. The Salem Police secured the weapon.
There were multiple witnesses to the shooting who were interviewed. The store security video is also being analyzed. According to Talbert, the shooting was ruled a murder-suicide. It is believed but not verified yet that the two involved were separated for nine months as a couple. The woman had obtained a protection order from Mahoning County but it was not certain if it was still active.
According to Talbert, at that time of night, there were not a lot of people at Walmart. The police secured the scene and the store was shut down for a period of time.
J.D. Creer is managing editor of the Salem News, sister publication of the Morning Journal.