Man charged with shooting gun at Kernersville Walmart
Justin Ross Murphy (Mugshot courtesy, Kernersville Police)
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Police say a man was arrested late Monday night after he fired a gun at the Walmart shopping center in Kernersville.
According to police, an officer was flagged down by employees shortly after 11:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the Walmart at 1130 South Main St. The employees informed the officer there was a man inside the store firing a “large-caliber” handgun.
The store was evacuated and locked down as officers searched for a suspect or victims, but none were found, police said.
After the building was cleared, police said they determined the suspect had left the scene before the store was locked down.
Police said further investigation of Walmart’s surveillance cameras led them to 4890 Old Hollow Road where the suspect, 20-year-old Justin Ross Murphy, was arrested.
Murphy is charged with shooting into an occupied property, carrying a concealed weapon, going armed to the terror of the public, and malicious injury to property.
Chief Ken Gamble said they are still investigating the intent of the shooting. Gamble said Murphy fired three shots in the electronic department damaging merchandise.
Police said the suspect was initially jailed in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $4,000 secured bond, however they have increased the bond to $50,000.
A court hearing is set for Nov. 16 in Winston-Salem.
No one was hurt.