Crazed Gunman Enters Costco And Meets Off-Duty Officer With Gun

An off-duty police officer shot and killed an armed man in a Costco on Sunday.

Lenexa, KS – An armed man was fatally shot at a Costco store by an off-duty police officer on Sunday, authorities said.

The Lenexa Police Department responded to the scene shortly after 11 a.m., after they received a call that a man was brandishing a weapon inside the store, the Kansas City Star reported.

According to KCTV, witnesses said the man was pointing a gun and yelling as he came in.

The gunman came face-to-face with an off duty police officer and a gunfight broke out.

The man had already been shot and killed by an off-duty police officer when investigators arrived, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other injuries were reported.

The off-duty officer, whose name has not been released, “was shopping, and just happened to be there when all of this occurred,” Lenexa Police Captain Wade Borchers told the Kansas City Star.

According to KCTV, police did not confirm whether or not the suspect shot his firearm, nor did they say what type of weapon he had.

Witnesses inside the store said they heard six to eight shots from the shooter, who they described as a white man in his 50's to 60's, wearing camo, according to KSHB.

Police said they have a preliminary identification of the gunman, and that they don't believe any other suspects are involved.

They are still investigating what the man said and did when he came into the store.

"I don't know what his intent was, but before anything really bad could happen, he was stopped," Capt. Borchers told KCTV.

Holiday weekend shoppers fled the busy store and parking lot when the shooting occurred, in what Capt. Borchers described as a “mass exodus.”

"I was working at the photo center, I was working on a photo scan, and I was looking at the computer screen, and then I heard some commotion happening around me," Costco employee Ryan Vacca told WDAF.

"And I turned and looked at the front door and saw a guy walking in just kind of yelling and screaming. One of my co-workers told me to drop, and I did," Vacca added.

WDAF was sure to point out that, according to Costco's website, it's against the company's policy to take a gun inside any of its stores. However, Kansas law requires buildings that ban guns to post signs about their policy, and WDAF reported there were no signs posted on the exterior of the Costco Lenexa building.

It's not clear if the news station is suggesting that signs would have prevented the gunman from entering, or prevented the gunman from being stopped by the officer.

Highway Patrol troopers obtained contact information from customers leaving the parking lot in order to aid the investigation, if necessary. Monday morning, shoppers and employees were permitted to return to the Costco parking lot to get their vehicles, WDAF reported.

Other nearby law enforcement agencies also responded to assist at the incident on Sunday.

Glad there was someone responsible with a gun that could take down the gunman.

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I'm fairly certain that a sign on the outside of the building saying guns were not permitted in the store would have stopped the gunman from coming inside with his gun...NOT!!!! I'm just glad the off duty police officer was there to stop him before he could hurt anyone!

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Good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. End of this chapter.

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LIKE TRUMP AND NRA SAY.
GODD GUY WITH A GUN IS GOING BE THE FIRST ONE TO STOP A BAD GUY WITH A GUN. GUN FREE ZONE SIGN DOES NOTHING BUT TAKE UP SPACE.

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I avoid gun-free zone, good guys abide by the law. A bad could care less.

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I've been a Costco member for over 20 years. I've never heard of them being "gun free". If that is true and enforced, I would no longer be a member. "Gun free" zones do nothing to prevent crime except hinder my ability to protect myself and my family.

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Lol, nice one. I'd love to hear a news report saying "If there had been 'Gun Free' signs posted this would never have happened." They would be lying, of course, since most mass-shootings are hosted by gun-free signs, but entertaining nonetheless.

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