Open-carrying shopper robbed of rifle, returns with backup gun and shootout ensues

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A strange and potentially deadly incident reportedly involving a stolen rifle led to a shootout and multiple injuries in the parking lot of a St. Louis-area grocery store.

According to various media reports, a customer allegedly toting a rifle in the Show-Me State and who had just exited the Wellston Food Market was robbed of that weapon at gunpoint outside of the store on Friday afternoon.

“The individual complied and handed over the rifle. Police said the robbery victim went to a vehicle, grabbed another gun, and began shooting at the suspect. A shootout ensued between both parties,” Fox 2 St. Louis reported.

The robbery victim reportedly fled the scene and he is still at large, although detectives apparently located his vehicle.

To make the situation even more bizarre, another man reportedly showed up and shot the alleged rifle thief again. Responding officers found the alleged rifle robber on the ground outside the store. The latter is listed in critical condition at a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

The alleged third shooter at the scene is also still at large.

Two female bystanders were wounded in the gunfire, but their injuries are said to be non-life-threatening.

Local cops are requesting the public’s help in obtaining more information about the incident.

A police official told NBC St. Louis affiliate KSDK that prior to the confrontation, the first man “was ‘open carrying’ the rifle in a sleeve underneath his shirt and did not threaten anyone while inside the store.”

In another odd element to this story, KSDK noted: “Wellston Food Market was the scene of a shooting that caused the death of a police officer in 2019….The shootout happened about 45 minutes after Officer [Michael] Langsdorf’s family and friends gathered at Wellston City Hall to remember him.”

Watch a report on the grocery store shooting aired by Fox 2:

Elsewhere in Missouri, in another Friday incident, Kansas City cops allegedly shot a purported pregnant woman five times in the parking lot of a Dollar Store.

The woman and another man were allegedly fleeing the vehicle during a reported carjacking. The woman, 26, is hospitalized in stable condition.

The New York Post provided more details:

Later Tuesday — nearly four full days after the shooting — investigators started denying the most troubling claims, that she had been pregnant and unarmed.

“Yes, she was armed with a handgun, holding the gun in her hand,” Sgt. Andy Bell of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the agency investigating the officer-involved shooting, told The Star.

However, the force was unable to confirm if she had pointed the gun at officers before the shooting, which was captured on more than one body cam, Bell told the paper.

Later, a spokesperson for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, which is also investigating, also stressed to The Post that they “don’t believe she was pregnant.”


All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.


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