Corlunda McGinister has been identified as the woman who was shot after police said she held a Walmart employee hostage at gunpoint while she was being videotaped in Mississippi.
She repeatedly demanded to speak to a news anchor when police ordered her to put down her gun.
video surfaced of the hostage-taking incident. You can see several videos from the scene later in this article, but be aware that they are disturbing and contain graphic language. The press secretary for the Mississippi Bureau of Public Safety identified the woman in the video as McGinister, 21, of West Helena, Arkansas. to WLBT TV. Heavy has contacted the FBI for more details.
The shooting took place on the evening of December 21, 2022 at a Walmart store in Richland, a suburb of Jackson, Mississippi. A LinkedIn page says on McGinister’s behalf that she was a graduate student at Phillips Community College, University of Arkansasm, majoring in General Studies with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree.
It is unclear why McGinister took the employee hostage.
Here’s what you need to know:
Video shows McGinister holding down a scared-looking Walmart employee while police demand, “Put down your gun”
The first video shows The woman, later identified as McGinister, held the scared-looking Walmart employee. She seems excited and raises her voice, but what she’s saying isn’t easy to understand at first. She then walks away and back with the employee.
“Then why don’t you please let her go,” says a male voice in the video.
“You all need to give me a friggin’ news anchor right now,” says McGinister. It’s not clear why she wanted to speak to a news anchor, and it’s not clear which one she requested.
“Please let her go,” says the man.
“I need help. I need help. Give me an anchor,” says McGinister.
Then officials approach her. “Hands up,” says one. An officer says, “Put down the gun.”
There is more back and forth exchanges, with officers telling her to show her hands and put down her gun.
“Give me a newscaster…” she says again.
“Put your gun down.”
“Get out of here and we will…put down your gun,” repeats one officer.
She refers to a “corrupt cop” in another scene in the video.
A second video captured a man who said, “She’s got a gun.”
A siren goes off. This video shows a shopper hiding behind store shelves as the incident unfolds.
Police shot and killed McGinister
Although the video stops before this moment, ABC News reports that the police shot McGinister.
Richland Police Chief Nick McLendon said WAPT TV that no one else was hurt.
“It’s devastating for everyone involved – the officers, everyone involved in this situation,” McLendon told the TV network. “You know, with the holiday season approaching, mental health is a big deal because of the stress that comes with the holiday season.”
An old Facebook page for McGinister shows her when she was much younger. The most visible post is from 2015.
Richland Police Department tweeted“Richland police are on site at Walmart working on an incident involving a gun, the scene is safe.”
According to Local Memphis.com, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. It’s not clear what exactly happened at the moment officers opened fire because the videos stop before that point.
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