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Man crashes into Walmart, attacks customers with 'blunt object'

March 31, 2013|By Nicole Santa Cruz

A man was under arrest in San Jose after a bizarre car crash and attack Sunday at a Walmart.

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,” said Officer Albert Morales, of the San Jose Police Department.

At least four people were injured when the suspect crashed into the 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., Morales said. 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.

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." The driver was being held in a jail and is receiving mental evaluations and drug tests, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Twitter: @nicolesantacruz

nicole.santacruz@latimes.com


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