Shopper Shoots at Walmart Shoplifter’s Car, Police Say

By Amanda Dingyuan Hou
|  Friday, Mar 1, 2013  |  Updated 3:57 PM EDT
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Shopper Shoots at Walmart Shoplifter’s Car, Police Say

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A shopper was arrested for shooting at a suspected shoplifter at a Walmart (not the one shown here).

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A Florida man trying to seek justice his own way is now in trouble for shooting at an alleged shoplifter’s car as the man fled a local Walmart.

Walmart shopper José Manuel Martinez, 35, was charged with aggravated assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle on Wednesday, the Daytona News-Journal reported.

Martinez said he just wanted to mark the car so police could trace it later, according to Orange City police.

The shoplifting suspect, Eddie Mckee, 42, allegedly stacked steaks and ribs worth of $200 into his cart and tried to leave the store without paying.

Martinez said he first ran after Mckee but the suspect entered his car to get away. He told police he then pulled out his 9 mm handgun and shot four times at the vehicle, according to News Talk Florida.

Martinez had a concealed weapons license. But police said he was not justified for shooting without his life being threatened.

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