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North Carolina Wal-Mart shooting planned, police say

Crime scene detectives collect evidence in the parking lot at a Wal Mart store in Greenville, North Carolina, on 21 June 2013. A man with a shotgun wounded four, and was later shot and apprehended by authorities nearby. (STAN GILLILAND/EPA)
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Wal-Mart shooting planned, police say

A man who investigators think shot four people near a Wal-Mart in Greenville, N.C., appears to have planned the shooting but chose his victims at random, Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden said Sunday.

He identified the suspect as Lakim Faust, 23, of Greenville and said he will be charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder when he recovers from gunshot wounds he suffered as he was taken into custody Friday.

Investigators haven’t found any links between Faust and the victims, Aden said. Evidence gathered at Faust’s home appears to show that he wanted to shoot a number of people.

— Associated Press

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— Associated Press

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— Associated Press

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