Authorities respond to active shooter at a Cheltenham Walmart; 2 in custody

Mike Dougherty
August 14, 2018 - 6:45 pm

Mike Dougherty | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police have arrested two suspects, a man and a woman, in response to an active shooter situation just after 6 p.m. in Montgomery County.

Several police units from differing area departments rushed to a Walmart in Cheltenham, located at 1000 Easton Road, where the shooting took place.

An officer observed a large number of people running from the Walmart. When he entered, he witnessed multiple shooting victims.

According to authorities, there was an altercation between one of the suspects and another customer, who were standing near a cash register. Words were exchanged, and the man pulled a gun from the female suspect's waistband and started shooting.

Five people were shot but sustained non-life-threatening injuries. They were sent to the hospital, along with another woman, who is pregnant and fell during the incident but was not shot.

At least 10 rounds were fired.

After the shooting, the suspects fled the scene into a Pontiac Grand Prix. After tossing the gun out of the car at Stenton and Mount Pleasant avenues, the suspects slammed into a Philadelphia police car, injuring two inside with non-life-threatening injuries.

The two suspects were arrested.

The gun that was thrown out was the car has been recovered by police. Authorities are not searching for anyone else in connection with this shooting.

Cheltenham Chief of Police John Frye said the male suspect appeared to be on some type of drugs.


This is a developing story. Stay with KYW Newsradio for the latest.

KYW Newsradio's Rachel Kurland contributed to this report.