Wilkes-Barre Township Wal-Mart Locked Down After Shooting

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WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP --  After more than hour, Wal-Mart in Wilkes-Barre Township lifted its lockdown after a shooting ensued just outside in their parking lot.

It took seven different agencies to take down a man that was firing shots from his rifle at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

"Shots were fired in the direction of law enforcement and that's when they proceeded to fire and [the shooter] was struck," said Stefanie Salavantis, the Luzerne County District Attorney.

No officers or shoppers at the plaza were hit by the shooter. The alleged shooter, 31 year old Scott Sargent from Shenandoah, underwent surgery at a nearby hospital.   He will be charged with six counts of attempted homicide once his condition improves.

Now, detectives are trying to figure out what sparked the gunfire and could look for clues in the alleged shooter's car parked at the scene.

"These people aren't from the area and it's under investigation what brought them here," said Capt. Jay Degnan. "Any public mall, any public place like that is a melting pot. All kinds of things can happen here."


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