DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. — Police are trying to figure out what led to a stabbing inside a metro Atlanta Walmart in Douglas County.
Douglasville police said a man walked into the store on Thornton Road around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The man came up to a customer near the vision center and stabbed him multiple times.
Officers have identified the suspect as 26-year-old Marcus McKinney, of Dallas. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes arrived at the scene after Channel 2 Action News received a news tip about the stabbing.
"I saw a lot of the employees crying and shedding tears. So I'm like something really bad happened," customer Charles Blake said.
Blake is a regular customer at the Lithia Springs location. He tried to walk inside, but Douglasville police stopped him.
"He said, 'Right now, we're not giving out any information, but you probably want to leave the premises.'"
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Fernandes could see the terror on employees' faces as they sat outside the store for hours. Employees were not allowed to leave or go back inside the building.
Fernandes also spoke with a woman whose daughter was working and was standing close to where it happened.
"She could hardly talk because she was crying so much," she said.
Officers quickly arrived at the store after an employee called 911 and arrested McKinney inside the store. Police are not sure what the motive was or if the two men know each other.
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