It’s been nearly two months since an unknown man opened fire at a San Diego Walmart store and newly-released surveillance footage of the suspect running through the parking lot may help detectives finally catch the gunman.
The San Diego Police Department released a short, grainy surveillance video clip for the first time Friday that shows the suspect running to his getaway car moments after he fired his gun inside the retail store.
On May 6, at around 10 p.m., the man entered the Walmart at 3412 College Ave. in the Oak Park area. As he approached a cashier, he brandished a handgun and demanded money. The cashier didn’t open the cash drawer quickly enough and the man fired his gun at the ceiling.
Investigators said the man then removed cash from the drawer and fled the scene in an unknown make or model vehicle. The car had a white driver’s side door and front quarter panel.
Shoppers were shocked by the gunfire. Many fled to the back of the store in search of safety, while others ran for the door, picking up their children and scurrying to escape.
No one was injured in the incident.
According to police, the suspected shooter is described as a black man between 30 and 40 years old, 5-foot-8 to 6-foot-1, with a heavy build. He wore a gray cap, gray sweater or jacket, a red and black flannel shirt, black pants and white tennis shoes during the incident. Witnesses said he had a beard and his hair was pulled back into a bun.
Investigators believe this suspect robbed the same Walmart location on Nov. 23, 2013, too. In that incident, he also fired a round from a gun towards the ceiling.
Last month, investigators released a few still photographs of the suspect in their search for leads.
However, to date, he remains at large.
Anyone with information on his identity and whereabouts should contact the SDPD Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $1,000 reward leading to an arrest in this case.