Wisconsin Right Now has obtained video, first published on TikTok by user @armandoedgarsanchez, that shows a man with a gun running in the street not far from the Walmart in Franklin. The clothing on the man matches a Walmart suspect description given out over the scanner after a major incident there. You can watch the video below or here on the Wisconsin Right Now YouTube page.
Here’s another video we were sent.
Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas said in a news conference. Before 8 a.m., an armed individual “commandeered a vehicle and its driver and directed him to a Walmart store near 27th and Hope, at which time the individuals exited the vehicle, went inside the Walmart, may have obtained some items, and returned to their vehicle.”
They then appeared at a service station on South 27th Street, at which time the victim went inside and alerted an attendant to call the police. The two individuals left and went to the Walmart store at 27th and Sycamore, at which time the victim notified a clerk to call police. Subsequently a call to the Walmart of an active shooter was received. Police responded from multiple agencies. A pursuit ensued that ended in a crash at which time the suspect “jumped out of the vehicle, commandeered another vehicle, and now led officers again on a pursuit that concluded in a crash just north of the intersection at 27th and Sycamore. Individual exited the vehicle with a firearm. Officers engaged the individual, discharged their weapons, and the subject was struck.”
The suspect died. Multiple officers from different agencies are involved. No officers were injured, Lucas said. “We are currently trying to piece together all of the moving parts,” said Lucas, adding that there is no current danger to the public. He said it’s still being investigated whether there were shots in Walmart or at the Walmart parking lot, and whether the suspect fired at officers.
“This peaceful morning started out much like every morning and little did members of law enforcement know that they would be confronted by the dangers and threats, but it’s indicative of the work that the men and women of law enforcement do each day, and the dangers we face each day,” Lucas said.
Cell phone video published by CBS 58 captured a shootout.
On the scanner, an officer described the situation as a “Franklin active shooter” incident at one point, although, as noted, the danger has past. Officers described conducting searches in Walmart on the scanner but said “we have not encountered any victims” in Walmart.
There was a dead man just down the street, though, at 27th and Sycamore, who was the suspect. Scanner reports said that a possible kidnapping suspect fired shots inside the Walmart, and was then shot dead by Oak Creek police after a pursuit and shots were fired.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed they were responding to the scene, writing, “MCMEO is responding to S 27 and Sycamore in Franklin/Oak Creek. One male victim. Autopsy is scheduled for Monday. Avoid the area.”
“North of Sycamore, he crashed… shots fired, shots fired, 2-7 Sycamore,” officers said in the scanner. “Copy that, shots fired, Sycamore, suspect down…the suspect still has a gun…suspect down, not moving.”
“We received information that the shooting may have taken place in the parking lot and not the store, but I have not vetted that,” an officer said on the scanner. An officer said police were confirming with other businesses to “make sure we have no other shooters out.”
The Walmart is located at 6701 S 27th St, Franklin, Wisconsin.
On the scanner, dispatchers and officers said there was a second scene involving a car at 27th and Ryan. Video from the scene showed the car turned over. An officer said on the scanner that the vehicle was stolen with one license plate.
It appeared that the body was at that location.
LIVE: There is a heavy police presence near the Franklin Walmart https://t.co/LgCLf9tqXC
— WISN 12 NEWS (@WISN12News) September 3, 2021
On the scanner, dispatchers and officers said, “It happened inside the store. Suspect was wearing a gray sweatshirt and Green Bay Packers type hat.” They referred to a “body.” They said, there is a second scene at 27th and Ryan, involving the same suspect, who stole a car. At one point, they said there was a “Franklin active shooter.” Officers referred to rounding up the employees and other people in the Walmart store to interview them. They referred to a victim at one point and then said a Greenfield officer was with the subject, who said he was “all right there.” Officers spoke of moving in “tandem” to clear the grocery and bakery sections.
— Dan (@MrAngry247) September 3, 2021
A witness told Fox6, “All of a sudden we saw a vehicle coming out of his parking lot going like 80 to 100 miles per hour down 27th Street and then all of a sudden you heard them hit like two or three cars. Cop cars started following them and then gunshots were fired. A lot of gunshots were fired – and I don’t know it was just crazy.”