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Man beats customers after crashing into Walmart, police say

March 31, 2013|By Nicole Santa Cruz
  • Police cars maintain a perimeter around a San Jose Walmart after a motorist drove through a store entrance and began assaulting shoppers.
Police cars maintain a perimeter around a San Jose Walmart after a motorist… (Noah Berger / Associated…)

At least four people were injured Sunday afternoon after a man crashed into a San Jose Walmart, exited the vehicle, picked up a blunt object from inside the store and began to assault customers, police said.

The man drove a red two-door car between 10 and 20 feet into the store on the east side of the city about 11:15 a.m., said Officer Albert Morales, of the San Jose Police Department. Authorities have not released the identity of the man.

One of the customers suffered a serious injury and was taken to a local hospital. Three others were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Morales said.

The man, who is about 30 years old, was arrested after a brief struggle with police. At least 70 people witnessed the crash, Morales said. 

Police are investigating what motivated the man to drive into the busy store.

“We don’t know if there was an intended target or not,” Morales said.

The driver made several laps around the store’s parking lot before crashing into the front entrance, witnesses told the San Jose Mercury News.  A woman said the driver sideswiped her Honda in the parking lot while she was waiting for a spot. 

"At first I thought I may have done something to anger him while driving, " said Sharon Kaye, a teacher from San Jose. "But then I realized he was out to get into the store."

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Twitter: @nicolesantacruz

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