Man fires multiple shots from BB rifle in Walmart parking lot

Palm Bay Walmart calls police after man fires long rifle BB gun in parking lot.
Palm Bay Walmart calls police after man fires long rifle BB gun in parking lot.

PALM BAY, Florida – A 22-year-old man was arrested after firing a long BB rifle in the Walmart parking lot, according to the Palm Bay Police Department.

Walmart employees, located at 1040 Malabar Road in Palm Bay, called police after observing a man with a “long gun” walking around the premises and firing a weapon.

The store employees could not determine if the rifle was real or fake, but they watched him firing rounds at a street sign in the parking lot. They were afraid the man was going to walk into Walmart and begin firing rounds.

Shawn Patrick Harper told officers that he just purchased the long rifle BB gun and began to “test fire” it in the parking lot. He admitted to shooting BB pellets at street signs and other objects.

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Harper was charged with Breach of Peace, Criminal Mischief, and Improper Exhibition of a Dangerous Weapon. He is being held at the Brevard County Jail on a $1,250 bond.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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