Police: Man with gun acted in self-defense at Walmart

Witnesses say man was pistol-whipped inside Orlando store


ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police said a man pistol-whipped another man inside an Orange County Walmart after an argument.

The store in the 3800 block of South Semoran Boulevard was closed for about two hours.

Around 5:30 p.m. Monday, a fight started near the pharmacy, police said.

Two men in their late teens or early 20s started beating up a 46-year-old man, police said. The older man then pulled out a gun and hit one of the younger men in the head, causing him to bleed, police said.

A witness told Local 6 that she started screaming that someone had a gun and the store was evacuated.

Police said members of the SWAT team searched for the men inside the store but didn't find them. Surveillance video shows all three leaving the store.
After the incident, police said they got a call from the 46-year-old man who admitted he had the gun inside the store. They said he was acting in self-defense and that the gun did not go off.

Police said the man claimed he did not know the other two younger men and they started fighting with him for an unknown reason.

Police took the man's gun for evidence but said he does have a conceal and carry permit.

Police are searching for the other two men involved. They said they left on foot, which means they could possibly live nearby.