Woman claims police arrested the wrong man after Shawnee Wal-Mart shooting

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SHAWNEE, Kan. — A broad daylight shooting incident at a Wal-Mart in Shawnee on Sunday left one person dead and two others injured. It happened when two bystanders jumped in to help a woman with a baby being attacked by two suspects.

FOX 4’s Molly Balkenbush went to the Wal-Mart near Shawnee Mission Parkway and Interstate 435 where the incident occurred.

Police said the woman was loading a baby into a car seat when two men approached her and hit her in the head. That’s when a man came to her rescue and things turned deadly.

Police told FOX 4 when the man heard the woman screaming he came to help, but one of the suspects shot him multiple times. That man was later transported to a hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Then a second Good Samaritan reportedly came to the scene and shot one of the suspects, killing him. The second suspect then fled the scene.

Police were able to quickly use surveillance video to arrest that suspect nearby a short time later.

FOX 4 spoke to Janet Lewis, a mother who lives in an apartment complex across the street from the Wal-Mart. She said police came and arrested her son in the parking lot outside her home, accusing him of being one of the suspects.

Police said he matched the description of what they obtained from Wal-Mart surveillance cameras. Lewis said her son is innocent, and was at home when the shooting happened.

“As I come pulling up, I see them arresting my son. I didn’t make it to park the car because as I seen my son, and the police around my only child, I sped up,” Lewis recalled. “He was a little pissed off. I’m going to put it out there. He was pissed off.”

Lewis said the police eventually did take her son into custody as a possible suspect.

Police said the female victim has been upgraded to fair condition. The baby was unharmed.

There is no word yet why the suspects attacked her, or if they knew her. The investigation is ongoing.

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