Walmart Liquor Store Shooting
NEENAH, WISCONSIN — Police have identified the suspect in the Walmart shooting Wednesday as Justine Boyd, 46, of Greenville.
Police Chief Kevin Wilkinson said Boyd was booked into the Winnebago County Jail on a charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
He said both Boyd and the 56-year-old Neenah woman she shot are Walmart employees, and the two were working when the shooting occurred in the liquor section of the store at 1155 W. Winneconne Ave.
The victim, a clerk in the liquor section, was taken by ambulance to Theda Clark Medical Center. Lt. John Karner said she was shot once in the torso.
“We’re still very concerned for the victim,” Wilkinson said.
“We’re obviously all hoping and praying for the best for her.”
Police and Theda Clark Medical Center will hold a joint press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday at the hospital.
Wilkinson said investigators have not determined what led to the shooting shortly before 11:15 a.m.
“We’re digging around trying to get that information,” he said, “but so far, at least, there hasn’t been a simple explanation.
The whole thing is really weird.”
Boyd has no record of criminal convictions in Wisconsin, according to the state’s circuit court access website.
Both women were cashiers, Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee told Post-Crescent Media.
No customers were in the liquor section at the time of the shooting. Jill Miller was in the store, but didn’t realize what happened until someone yelled.
Miller said she knew the victim, and had greeted her not long before the shooting.
“I heard the pop. I thought something dropped, but then I heard them call for help,” said Miller, a Neenah resident.
Alan Wagner, a full-time merchandiser for Walmart stores throughout northeast Wisconsin, also heard the shot.
“Being in the stores all the time I just thought it was something that had fallen over, or something fell — it happens all the time in the stores,” Wagner said.
Police think the women knew each other. “I don’t know how long they knew each other or the extent of their relationship” Wilkinson said.
Gee, the Walmart spokeswoman, said, “We are in close contact with (the victim’s) family at the hospital and trying to be as helpful as possible during this difficult time.
Our commitment right now is to work with law enforcement (to) provide them any information we have that might be useful for their investigation.”
Gee said Walmart employees are prohibited from carrying weapons into its stores.
Walmart will share its surveillance video with police.
The entrance to the liquor section was blocked with crime-scene tape, and six Neenah police vehicles responded to the store.
The rest of the store remained open.
Violent crimes are rare in Neenah, and shootings are rarer still, Wilkinson said.
Neenah had about 40 violent crimes in 2012, more than 30 of which were aggravated assaults where someone threatened someone else with a weapon.
“To have something like this where a shot is actually fired is extremely rare — more rare than an armed robbery, more rare than a rape, more rare than an arson,” Wilkinson said.
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