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Mississippi police shot and killed a woman holding a Walmart worker hostage in a tense ordeal caught on camera Wednesday.
Corlunda McGinister, 21, was fatally shot by officers inside the megastore’s Richland location after strangely pleading to speak to a news anchor as she held the petrified worker, according to authorities and footage of the incident.
Richland police reported on social media Wednesday that there was an “incident at Walmart with a weapon” around 5:45 p.m.
“Hey, get me a newscaster here right now,” the woman said as she appeared to have the gun in one hand while she used the other hand to hold the hostage.
“I need help, I need help,” she said, according to the footage. “Give me a newscaster down here.”
Police at the scene where Corlunda McGinister was fatally shot as she held a Walmart worker hostage on December 21, 2022.
The woman also said that she did not mean to hurt anyone. She resisted calls to let the woman go during the terrifying episode, according to the video.
“I’m not trying to hurt anyone,” the woman said. “Give me a newscaster.”
The footage also showed cops repeatedly demanding that she drop her gun as she continued to demand a newscaster.
Richland Police Chief Nick McLendon told WAPT the tense incident was “devastating” for everyone.
“It’s devastating for all parties involved: the officers, everyone who was involved in this situation,” McLendon said.
“You know, with the holiday season coming up, mental health is a big problem because of the stress that comes with the holiday season.”
He said no one else was hurt in the shooting.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation into the shooting.
The Walmart was reopened on Thursday, according to WLBT.