Three people were shot and killed in a Walmart parking lot in Duncan, Ok., on Monday, drawing a full-scale response from law enforcement and the eye of the nation on the small city of about 23,000 90 minutes southwest of Oklahoma City, reports The Oklahoman. At 9:53 a.m., police received a call of shots fired in the Walmart parking lot on Highway 81. Officers arrived a minute later to find three bodies in the parking lot, two inside a bright red, bullet-riddled car and one outside the car with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. All three were pronounced dead at the scene and a semi-automatic handgun was found in the parking lot. “It makes people very fearful,” Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said. “It makes people wonder what’s going on. It puts everybody on edge.”
Witnesses said the gunman fired several rounds into the front windshield of the car, killing the male and female inside before turning the gun on himself. Ford believes the three people knew each other, but would not speculate the relationship. Ford said reports of a fourth person confronting the gunman were incorrect. “There was a guy that we have talked to that had a weapon and pulled the weapon,” Ford said. “He did not respond.” District Attorney Jason Hicks said the possibility of a gunman inside a public place like Walmart drew comparisons to the shooting at a Walmart in El Paso last August, when 22 people were killed and 24 others were injured by a single armed attacker specifically targeting Hispanics.