Estranged husband’s father kills daughter-in-law at Walmart www.privateofficer.com
MORGANTOWN WV April 23 2012- One woman is dead after a shooting in a Morgantown Walmart parking lot around 9:45 a.m.
Morgantown Police responded to the Hornbeck Road Walmart, just off of Interstate 68 after reports of a shooting in the parking lot.
Larry Mitchell, 54, of Shinnston allegedly shot Shannon Stafford, also known as Shannon Mitchell.
Mitchell is Stafford’s estranged husband’s father, according to Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston.
Stafford, 29, is now a Bruceton Mills resident. She was meeting family at the Walmart, but did not know Mitchell was there, Chief Preston said.
Mitchell allegedly confronted Stafford as she pulled into the parking lot, shot her while she was in the vehicle and continued to shoot at her after she exited the truck.
No other passengers are believed to have been in the car with her.
At this time, no total number of gunshots is known.
When officers arrived, a large group of people was standing around the female victim and another group of witnesses had the suspect in custody, Preston said.
Monongalia County Emergency Medical Services tried to revive Stafford, but she was pronounced dead on scene.
A divorce between Stafford and Mitchell’s son is pending, but not finalized, authorities said.
Police believed the shooting was the result of an ongoing domestic situation.
Stafford has a child with Mitchell’s son. The child lives full time with his father in Shinnston.
Mitchell has been charged with murder and will be arraigned by video once he is booked and processed. Police did not specify which degree of murder with which he is charged.