An Illinois man was shot Friday while walking in the parking lot of a Walmart in southeast Wisconsin and police said the victim appeared to be the intended target.
The 31-year-old, whose identity was not immediately released, was shot in the torso shortly before 2 p.m. at the parking lot of the store in Mount Pleasant, about 25 miles south of Milwaukee, said police Chief Tim Zarzecki. The man was conscious when he was taken to a hospital, but his condition wasn't immediately known Friday evening, he said.
We feel like this was targeted toward this individual," Zarzecki said. "It wasn't a random act, as far as we know, toward any Walmart customers."
Police had "a couple of good leads" but did not have a suspect in custody and were working to determine a motive, he said.
Witnesses described the shooter as a thin, black man in his 20s. He was bald and wearing glasses, a gray hoodie and blue jeans.
Ashley Hardie, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said the company is "doing everything we can to assist police in their investigation."
The shooting "doesn't appear to have any connection with Walmart other than the shooter and victim ended up in the same parking lot," the police chief said.
Earlier this week, the death of a Kenosha Unified School District employee was ruled a homicide, the first of the year for the community. Police haven't said whether that death and Friday's shooting are related.