A woman allegedly shot her boyfriend to death outside a Walmart store on Valentine’s Day, police have confirmed.
Alex King, 20, from New Orleans, has been charged with second-degree murder after shooting the victim, who has not been named yet in the investigation.
According to police, the shooting happened on February 14th outside a Walmart store in Chalmette, who confirmed on Monday that King had been arrested the night before.
In custody, King admitted to shooting the victim after she was identified as the main suspect. Her motive remains unclear, and the police’s investigation is ongoing.
According to social media reports, King found incriminating texts from another woman on the victim’s phone.
Officials from Walmart, as well as local authorities, confirmed that the victim worked at the store. He is also believed to be the father of King’s child.
The victim was taken to hospital after being found in the Walmart parking lot with a gunshot wound.
He was later pronounced dead, resulting from the injury he had sustained. No other injuries were confirmed.
Authorities confirmed that he worked at a business in the area after tracking video footage and identifying the victim as a member of staff at Walmart.
Alexis King remains in jail, according to the St Bernard Sheriff’s Office, who did not respond to press requests for comment immediately this week, but they did release a statement that read: “The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrested a New Orleans woman for fatally shooting her boyfriend and the father of her child outside his place of employment this weekend, Sheriff James Pohlmann said. Alexis King, 20, of the 6100 block of Royal Street in New Orleans, was booked with second-degree murder in the case. On Sunday, Feb. 14, at approximately 7 p.m., Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies responded to a call about shots being fired in the parking lot near the entrance of a business in the 8100 block of West Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a male victim lying on the ground in the business’s parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Through video surveillance, detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau were able to identify the victim as an employee of the business. During the course of the investigation, detectives also were able to identify King as the shooter. Once in custody, King admitted her involvement in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.”
It is also unclear at this stage when King will initially appear in court. The Walmart store involved issued a statement, confirming the death of the victim and passing on condolences to the family and friends affected.
Representatives for the company said they were “devastated” to hear the news, condemning the violence as a “horrific act” and reassuring staff and the public that their focus is on supporting their workforce and assisting the police amid the shocking revelation.
The full statement read: “We were devastated to learn that one of our own had passed due to this horrific act of violence. Our focus is on supporting the associates in the store during this difficult time and assisting law enforcement in their investigation. Our hearts go out to the family and all those affected by this terrible situation.”
Many people took to social media to say that they are “sad for the child” because the selfish act “took away both parents.”