A Walmart in Aberdeen was evacuated Tuesday after police confronted a man who had been banned from the store.
A 22-year-old man who was banned from the Walmart for a previous shoplifting incident was spotted in the store early in the afternoon. Police confronted the man, later identified as Christian York.
Police said York dropped a gun during the confrontation which was picked up by his 18-year-old brother, Justin York.
Justin York ran into the parking lot where he dropped the weapon, according to police.
Both men were taken into custody.
A witness told WNCN that shoppers heard what sounded like at least two gun shots near the grocery side of the store, located at 250 Turner St, around 3:30 p.m.
"We heard pops and then we saw everybody running towards one of the entrance doors, just massive amounts of people, just a stampede," said witness Ann Craven.
Craven said Walmart associates told customers to evacuate the store.
Police said no shots were fired and no one was seriously injured in the incident.
Police did not release any further information.
Family members say the man who fired the shots was not the same Andrew "Jay" Michaelis they knew.
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