Walmart shoplifters spray deodorant and fire shots in bizarre escape

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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. -- Police are looking for several shoplifting suspects who fired shots at someone they may have thought had followed them out of the store.

The trouble began after midnight at the Collinsville crossing Walmart on 157. Five suspects, one man, four women and a young child were spotted trying to walk out of the Walmart without paying for three carts full of merchandise.

One of the suspects sprayed deodorant in the face of one of the employees after being confronted. They told another employee they had a gun. But, they never showed it. Then they fled with one of the carts, put the stuff in their car and took off.

At about the same time, two other people who had been shopping at Walmart, pulled out of the lot behind the suspect`s car. This may have caused the suspects to think someone from the store was following them. That is when one of suspects got out of the car and fired several shots at the pick up truck and sped off. One of the bullets hit the truck, but he two people inside were not hurt.

Police have just released surveillance pictures of the suspects taken inside the Walmart. One black male and three black females are considered suspects.

They have also released a photo of a car similar to the suspect's car. It is a dark teal Pontiac Grand Prix. Probably from the late 1990s or early 2000s.

Anyone with information should call Collinsville police.

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