An 18-year-old Nigerian, Solomon Onwukaife, is charged with shooting four people in the parking lot of a Walmart in Cedar Park early Sunday morning on Aug. 21, in an earlier dispute over a girl at a house party.
Three of those shot were listed in critical but stable condition, while one was already discharged. Onwukaife himself was hospitalized from injuries to his face. He was treated and handed back to police. He has been charged in court with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony in connection with the incident.
“I heard a noise and I thought it was firecrackers,” said one Walmart employee who asked not to be identified. “I heard a ‘pop-pop-pop-pop.’”
Cedar Park police said the shooting happened around 4:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter near the intersection of Ranch Road 1431 and U.S. Highway 183.
The shooting reportedly stemmed from a fight between a group of people that met in the parking lot after a party.
Cedar Park Police Chief Henry Fluck said he believed alcohol had played a role.
Meanwhile, no Walmart employees or customers were hurt.
Monday afternoon, Cedar Park police released the names of the others involved in the incident. They are: Leland McGlocklin, 22, of Lake Travis, Cody McGrath, 18, of Cedar Park, Zacharia Gietl, 19, of Cedar Park and Davis, Shayne Davis, 19, Leander
Gietl told police the dispute began when a man choked a woman at a nearby party earlier in the evening (Saturday) and several people agreed to fight at the Walmart parking lot. He said he was not at the party but went to the parking lot to stop his friends from continuing the fight.
The investigation is ongoing and police said more charges may be filed