Walmart shooting: 2 shot, suspect killed in Washington state, police say

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:24 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 2:01 AM

At Least 2 Injured, Suspect Killed in Washington Walmart Shooting

Two people were shot and the suspect killed at a Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, Washington state, police said Sunday.

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Here are the latest updates:

Update 10 p.m. PDT June 17: Police responded to a shooting just after 5 p.m. PDT at a Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, Washington on Sunday night. Tumwater is about 65 miles south of Seattle. 

The Tumwater Police Department said officers originally responded to a report of a car driving in the wrong direction near Israel Road and Tyee Drive, but as the officers were in route they were dispatched to reports of a carjacking nearby with shots fired. 

Officers arrived at the corner of Israel Road and Tyee Drive and found a 16-year-old female victim who suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

>> On KIRO7.com: PHOTOS: Police respond to shooting at Tumwater Walmart

Police then located the 16-year-old's stolen car in the Walmart parking lot at 5900 Littlerock Road S.W. in Tumwater. 

Around 5:30 p.m. Thurston County Dispatch began receiving calls of shots fired "in or around the Tumwater Walmart and parking lot," according to police. 

The suspect from the earlier carjacking of the 16-year-old entered the Walmart store and fired shots at a display case, police said. No customers or employees inside the store were injured.

Police say the suspect then exited the store and attempted to carjack another car in the parking lot, shooting an adult male occupant of the car in the process. The adult male victim was treated for gunshot wounds and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. His condition is not known at this time. 

Police say the suspect then attempted another carjacking in the Walmart parking lot, and was approached by two armed civilians. One of the armed civilians shot the suspect, and the suspect died at the scene. 

>> On KIRO7.com: Police: Armed civilian took down shooter at Washington state Walmart

KIRO 7 has crews at the scene and we will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. For a live report at 11, watch KIRO 7 News on-air or here. 

Update 7:39 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun explains that the Fire Department's request to call the shooting a "mass casualty incident" was out of precaution.

Update 7:31 p.m. PDT June 17: Tumwater Police Department public information officer Jen Kolb confirms that a man who was an attempted carjacking victim shot and killed the suspect at the Walmart in Tumwater. Click here to read more.

Update 7:01 p.m. PDT June 17: A witness to the shooting, Megan Chadwick, told KIRO 7's Deedee Sun her husband said he saw an armed civilian take down the shooter. "He said he watched him (the shooter) take his last breath," Chadwick said. "There were three civilians going after him to shoot him and two of them had their guns up and then the third guy shot him through the window of the car." Chadwick said her husband was armed, as well.

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Update 6:49 p.m. PDT June 17: A witness to the shooting, who was inside the Walmart at the time with her kids, told KIRO's Deedee Sun that she took her kids and hid in the parking lot behind a vehicle after fleeing the store.

Update 6:43 p.m. PDT June 17: "I looked over and saw hundreds of people running out. ... Just a flood of people and everyone was screaming and frantic. ... When we got about to the door, I heard someone say, 'Gun. Shooter.' And I knew something was serious," a woman who was inside the Walmart at the time of the shooting tells KIRO 7's Deedee Sun. Click here to hear more from the witness.

Update 6:30 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun is at the Tumwater Walmart and interviewed a witness of the shooting on-air. Watch on KIRO 7 News or at this link. The scene extends to both outside of the Walmart and inside. Crime tape was seen near a car with its door flung open. 

Update 6:16 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun has arrived at the shooting scene at the Tumwater Walmart.

Update 6:10 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun is on the way to the scene and Chopper 7 has been called. Deedee and Chopper 7 will be live on KIRO 7 when they get to the Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater. For updates and to watch a livestream, go to the KIRO 7 News App. We’ll also send push alerts as we get major updates. 

Update 6:05 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun spoke to someone who was inside the store. Deedee Sun is working to gather more information for a live report on KIRO 7 News on-air or here.

Update 5:57 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun is headed to the scene and is working to gather more information.

Update 5:55 p.m. PDT June 17: People identified as witnesses told KIRO 7 they heard multiple gunshots and the scene involved at least one carjacking and a hit and run. Police were not immediately available to confirm the account, but were expected to give details Sunday evening. 

Update 5:50 p.m. PDT June 17: Thurston County Dispatch confirms to KIRO 7 that police are responding to reports of shots fired inside and outside of the Walmart in Tumwater. Police say seven agencies are responding, and cannot confirm if anyone was hit.

 

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Nonprofit helping pay off mortgage on slain police officer's family home

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:33 AM

This Dec. 10, 2012 photo shows Weymouth Police Officer Michael C. Chesna in Weymouth, Mass. (Gary Higgins/The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP)
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This Dec. 10, 2012 photo shows Weymouth Police Officer Michael C. Chesna in Weymouth, Mass. (Gary Higgins/The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP)(Gary Higgins/AP)

A nonprofit organization has announced a major donation to help pay off the mortgage on a slain Massachusetts police officer's family home.

Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna, 42, was shot and killed Sunday in the line of duty. 

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The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is providing the first $100,000 toward the mortgage and is challenging others to support the family through the initiative.

Any money raised exceeding the mortgage will go directly to Chesna's wife and two children.

>> On Boston25News.com: Court docs: Man stood over Weymouth officer and shot him 10 times

The foundation, established in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, supports military and first responders who are killed in the line of duty. In addition to his service with the Weymouth Police Department, Chesna was also a military veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the foundation, will join Weymouth police Chief Richard Grimes at the Weymouth Police Department at 3 p.m. Wednesday to make the official announcement.

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Florida college student saves mom's life before dying in crash

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 1:44 AM

Florida mom Charina Yutuc said her son, Greg, saved her life in the seconds before a Jacksonville crash that claimed his life.
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Florida mom Charina Yutuc said her son, Greg, saved her life in the seconds before a Jacksonville crash that claimed his life.(ActionNewsJax.com)

A Florida mother said her son saved her life in the seconds before a crash that claimed his life.

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Greg Yutuc, 22, was the only person killed in a three-vehicle crash near Jacksonville's Buckman Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

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Stitches lined Gerry Yutuc’s bruised eyelid and his wife, Charina, had a seat belt burn across her chest.

“All I remember is seeing that red car and we are spinning around,” Gerry Yutuc said.

They were headed back from their family vacation and were driving on I-295 with their three kids in their van when state troopers said a 21-year-old driver rear-ended another car, then cut off their van.

“It was too late for me,” Yutuc said.

Their son, Greg, was sitting in the passenger seat and grabbed the steering wheel at the last second.

“So the impact could be on his side, to avoid the impact on mom,” Yutuc said.

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Yutuc said the van flipped.

“I looked around and saw four people. My wife, my two daughters and without Greg,” Yutuc said.

Greg was thrown from the vehicle and an officer on scene told them their son didn’t make it.

Florida Highway Patrol said Greg was not wearing a seat belt.

“We didn’t have a chance to hug him and say goodbye,” Yutuc said.

Since Greg was a child, he’s been on several mission trips and had plans of becoming a missionary, his parents said.

“His heart is really sharing the gospel,” Yutuc said.

In his 22 years, Yutuc said his only son affected many lives.

“I know we have a great son, but I didn’t know the extent of his influence,” Yutuc said.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Drivers concerned about safety on Buckman Bridge

It was unconditional, selfless love they said Greg will be most remembered by.

“He inspired us and we want to be an inspiration,” Yutuc said.

The family said the community support has been overwhelming.

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IHOP celebrating 60th birthday with pancakes for 60 cents

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

What You Need To Know: IHOP

Fresh off of admitting their name change to IHOb was a publicity stunt, IHOP is celebrating its 60th birthday with what it does best: pancakes.

The restaurant chain announced last week that it would give away 60-cent short stacks July 17 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to celebrate its birthday.

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“The IHOP name is synonymous with pancakes, pancakes, pancakes -- a rallying cry that sets our menu and our restaurants apart from every other dining destination,” IHOP Chief Marketing Officer Brad Haley said in a July 10 news release. “To celebrate six decades of pancakin’ and the love our guests have shown us since we first opened our doors back in 1958, we’re treating folks to a 60-cent short stack of our world-famous buttermilk pancakes -- the pancake that started it all -- on Tuesday, July 17.”

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As with most offers of this kind, the price and participation varies by location. The offer is only available for dine-in customers and there is a limit of one 60-cent short stack per person.

Those interested in getting a short stack for 60 cents can contact their nearest IHOP about the offer at IHOP.com.

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Man tries to hire hitman to kill ex-wife for $10,000, Hawks tickets

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 11:14 PM

Michael McEarchern, a Cobb County man man in Bartow County jail, promised $10,000 and two Atlanta Hawks tickets to anyone who would kill his ex-wife and her current boyfriend.
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Michael McEarchern, a Cobb County man man in Bartow County jail, promised $10,000 and two Atlanta Hawks tickets to anyone who would kill his ex-wife and her current boyfriend.(Bartow County Sheriff's Office)

An Acworth inmate promised $10,000 and two Atlanta Hawks tickets to anyone who would kill his ex-wife and her current boyfriend. Word got around, including to an FBI informant.

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Michael Lawrence Dane McEarchern, 29, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday, according to federal court documents.

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McEarchern was in Bartow County jail during October on drug charges when he started circulating his the word that he wanted to hire a hitman.

The FBI found out from the confidential informant and they had McEarchern send a $800 down payment to a P.O. box in late November to see if he was serious, according to federal court records. His girlfriend at the time sent the money for him.

McEarchern told the would-be assassin where his ex-wife lived in Smyrna, what the best time of day would be to find her, and the name of the barbershop where the current boyfriend worked.

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McEarchern was indicted on charges in the murder-for-hire plot at the start of the year. He pleaded guilty and was convicted in late April.

Federal court documents show he’ll have three years of supervised release after prison.

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