November 18, 2019 A shooting outside a Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma on Monday morning killed two people. The gunman the is also dead.
The shooting took place at about 10 a.m. on Monday morning at a Walmart along Highway 81 north of downtown Duncan. Schools in the area are on lockdown as a precaution. Police say the gunman died of a self inflicted gun wound.
Law enforcement officials have not yet established a motive, but say it appears the shooter knew the victims. The victims have only been identified as one male and one female.
The Duncan Police Department confirmed the Walmart parking lot shooting in a statement:
“One female and one male were deceased in (a) car and one male outside of the car. A handgun was found on scene.”
Duncan is located approximately 80 miles south of Oklahoma City.
A mass shooting attack inside a Walmart in El Paso, Texas in August killed 22 and injured 26 others. Law enforcement officials later determined the attack was an act of domestic terrorism. Earlier that same week, a disgruntled ex-employee shot and killed two co-workers and injured a police officer before being shot at a Walmart in Southaven, Mississippi.
PREVENTING MASS SHOOTINGS
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was established in the aftermath of 9/11, with the purpose of protecting American citizens from future terrorist attacks—whether international or domestic in nature. Because approximately 85 percent of the nation’s critical infrastructure is privately owned public space, the role of government is limited.
The DHS’ “If You See Something, Say Something” public awareness campaign was created as a tool to encourage Americans to play a role in preventing terrorist attacks. The Department of Homeland Security works with private partners year-round to inspire, empower and educate the public on suspicious activity. American citizens are encouraged and reminded to report suspicious activity, no matter how small to local authorities.
DHS created and distributed “The Options for Consideration” instructional video which demonstrates possible actions that individuals can take if confronted with an active shooter scenario. The video presents the choices of running, hiding, or as an option of last resort, fighting the shooter. The video also shows how to assist authorities once law enforcement arrives.