A man and a woman have died after a shooting at a Walmart in Georgia that police are calling an apparent murder-suicide

September 20, 2023, 11:14 p.m. ET

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HIRAM, Ga. (AP) — A man and a woman were shot Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide at a Walmart in a Georgia city, police said.

The shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. at the Walmart Super Center in Hiram, a small town about 20 miles (35 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta, police said.

No one else was injured. Other shoppers were not in the immediate vicinity of the shooting and did not see it, Police Chief Michael Turner said.

“We have no eyewitnesses to the event itself,” Turner said.

However, some people heard the shots.

“As soon as I heard the second shot, I ran straight to the exit,” Devani Lopez told WAGA-TV. “I ran straight to the car. I could see everyone running for their lives. Everyone was just panicked and scared. ”

The man and woman died on the way to the hospital, Turner said. They knew each other and the shooting appeared to be a murder-suicide, the chief said.

Their names were not immediately released.

“We are heartbroken about what happened at our Hiram store this evening,” Walmart said in a statement. “Our priority at this time is the safety of our employees and customers. “The store will remain closed while we work with law enforcement in the investigation.”