A SUSPECTED gunman is in custody following an active shooter incident at a Walmart store in Washington, police say.
Multiple shots were reportedly fired outside the store in the 2720 block of South Quillan Street in Kennewick at around 12.30pm local time on Friday afternoon.
Terrified Black Friday shoppers were seen running for cover as the shots rang out.
An image posted to Twitter by KAPP-KVEW reporter Ellie Nakamoto-White showed shell casings on the ground in the parking lot.
In a statement, the Kennewick Police Department confirmed a suspect had been detained and the scene is now secure.
According to KEPR, the suspect was taken into custody after being shot by a loss prevention officer employed at the store.
Police said the suspect attempted to steal unspecified merchandise and, when confronted by the store worker in the parking lot, pulled out a firearm.
The loss prevention officer, who has a concealed carry permit, then shot the armed suspect who fled the scene.
The suspect was detained at a home near 5th and Olympia in Kennewick and taken into custody without incident.
Officers with Kennewick Police were seen searching a residential property after making an arrest. An SUV was towed away from the scene.
It's currently unclear if anyone else was harmed and how long the shooting lasted.
The incident drew a heavy police presence to the area, including officers from KDP, as well as Benton County Sheriff's deputies, and Washington State Patrol Troopers.
A large section of the parking lot has been blocked off by the public. Police have asked people to avoid the area.
One witness told KAPP-KVEW they heard at least six shots but didn't see the gunman. Others reported hearing the gunshots ring out from their cars.
KPD has not yet returned a request for comment from The Sun.
An investigation remains ongoing.
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