Good Samaritan shot, alleged robber slain near Wal-Mart in Shawnee

When two people attacked a woman in a Shawnee Wal-Mart parking lot Sunday, two Good Samaritans came to her aid, authorities said.

When it was over, one attacker was dead and one Good Samaritan was in critical condition at a hospital. Police later said he was awake and alert and scheduled for surgery later Sunday.

The woman, who initially was hospitalized in critical condition with a head injury, was upgraded to good Sunday evening, and police said she might soon be released.

Police Maj. Dan Tennis said the woman was attacked as she put her infant in a car seat about 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the store near Shawnee Mission Parkway and Maurer Road.

The woman was struck in the back of the head. As she screamed, a Good Samaritan came to her aid.

One of the attackers shot him multiple times.

A second Good Samaritan then shot one of the attackers, killing that person, police said.

The second attacker ran east from Wal-Mart, and a suspect was arrested by a K-9 team between Maurer and Lackman roads.

Sunday evening, police said the wounded Good Samaritan was awake and alert. He was scheduled for surgery later in the day.

The infant was not injured.

The attack occurred on the east side of the store near the lawn and garden department. A section of the parking lot remained taped off at 4 p.m.

A blue tarp, surrounded by orange cones, covered what apparently was the attacker’s body.

About a dozen vehicles were inside the taped perimeter. Officers were trying to peer into the windows of one: a maroon SUV with temporary tags.

People who were inside the store when the shooting occurred said there was no acknowledgment over the public address system.

Jeanne Gardner of Merriam, who was shopping at the time, was unaware of events outside, but said she noticed the store had emptied out.

“I’ve never been to Wal-Mart when it was this empty,” she said.

She later decided that other customers must have learned about the attack from cellphones and left the store.

One store greeter said that as soon as the shooting started, some people ran into the store to get out of the parking lot.

The store remained open through the afternoon, but the lawn and garden area was closed.

Laura Bauer: 816-234-4944, @kclaurab

Matt Campbell: 816-234-4902, @MattCampbellKC