SHAWNEE, Kan. - A man has been cleared after police initially arrested him as a suspect following a shooting in a Wal-Mart parking lot on Sunday. Monday, police said they are searching for the real suspect.
Sunday's shooting at a Shawnee Wal-Mart started as an attack on a mother loading her baby into a car seat. Police said it ended deadly for one of the suspects after a good Samaritan came to the victim's rescue and shot and killed him. Sunday, police said they had a man they believed to be the other suspect in custody, but on Monday they said he was cleared from the case.
The man's mother, Janet Lewis, said police came to the family's apartment complex and arrested her son, Eric Rogers, shortly after the shooting happened. She said her son was home at the time of the shooting and she knew he had nothing to do with it all along.
"They just came and told us they were releasing him and we already knew that because we've been telling them that since they picked him up," Lewis told FOX 4 on Monday.
Lewis and her son live in an apartment complex just across the street from the Wal-Mart on I-435 and Shawnee Mission Parkway. She said she arrived home to find police arresting her son in the parking lot. Lewis said officers told her that her son matched a description of a man they saw on Wal-Mart surveillance video.
The Shawnee Police Department asks anybody with information about the shooting to call them. The search continues for the other suspect.