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Worker shoots up Wal-Mart
An on-the-clock Wal-Mart employee held other employees captive with a shotgun and shot up the business at 2:30 a.m. Sunday before being tackled by a co-worker and arrested by police, authorities said.
Elijah Payne, 18, of Burgaw Highway, was charged by the Jacksonville Police Department with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, kidnapping, and discharging a firearm into occupied property, according to an arrest warrant.
Payne became agitated with other employees while on the job, went out to a vehicle in the parking lot and smuggled a 12-guage pump shotgun into the store inside a tent bag, said Deputy Police Chief David Shipp.
Then Payne blackened his face and entered the break room at the back of the store, which is on Yopp Road, police said.
He led employees around at gunpoint and began shooting into the walls and ceiling, investigators said.
At 2:31 a.m., Jacksonville 911 operators received the first of many calls.
Officers with the Police Department, the Onslow County Sheriff's Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded.
"Customers and employees were running from the business when officers arrived," Shipp said. "Since it was an active shooting situation, the officers from the JPD, the sheriff's office and the Highway Patrol pooled their resources and immediately went into the store."
While officers were going through the Wal-Mart, they heard shots being fired in the back of the store.
"Just prior to officers reaching Payne, an employee disarmed him in a scuffle," Shipp said.
"Payne was then immediately taken into custody. No one was shot."
One employee suffered a minor injury, police said.