Mother Of Teen Shot Dead By Walmart Customer Over Stolen Diapers Laments Son's Senseless Death

By Claire Parker, Parent Herald February 08, 04:00 am
Arthur Adams was shot by a Walmart customer after he and his companions were suspected of trying to steal packs of diapers.
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Over the weekend, a teenager was shot dead by a Walmart customer in Orange County, Florida. He was believed to be shoplifting diapers and other baby items. His mother is now demanding to know the full story and believes her son should not have been killed the way he died.

Reports did not identify the teenager by name in earlier reports, but according to WFTV 9,he was 19-year-old Arthur Adams. He was with three to four people inside a stolen vehicle when the confrontation took place with the Walmart customer.

Adams and his companions were first confronted by a Walmart employee when the customer decided to step in. The unidentified customer, who is described as a 50-year-old black man, said he pulled the trigger because someone from inside the car looked like he was getting ready to reach for something he believed was a weapon.

The incident took place on Saturday at around 8 a.m. after Adams and another male were said to have loaded two carts full of diapers into the stolen car without paying them, Global News reported. It remains unclear why they were trying to steal diapers.

Police are yet to determine if the customer who shot the teenager will be charged. Another person was injured from the shooting as well. None of the other suspects have been apprehended but the other person injured later turned herself to the police.

The mother of Adams said the Walmart employee or the customer should have called 911 instead of shooting her son. She said she wants to see the person who shot her son in jail because she believes what happened to her child was murder. Adams' mother also said she wants the full story about what really happened.

Police said Adams has had numerous felony arrest warrants in the past. He also had four convictions. The investigation is ongoing and police urged the public not to rush to judgment.

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