Nov 14, 2019

El Paso Walmart set to reopen more than 3 months after mass shooting

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The Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, where a mass shooting killed 22 people in early August will reopen its doors on Thursday, per the AP.

The big picture: The AP reports that the retail chain has hired off-duty police officers to staff its stores across the city — a security measure that El Paso's police department spokesman said it had once practiced but discontinued by the time of the shooting.

  • Walmart is facing lawsuits from some victims of the El Paso shooting over its lack of in-store security.
  • In the wake of the shooting, it discontinued handgun ammunition and all sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition that can be used with military-style assault weapons in September.

The other side: Walmart said it couldn't discuss the security plans for its stores — both in El Paso and across the country.

  • "We typically do not share our security measures publicly because it could make them less effective, but they may include hiring additional security, adding cameras in store and using 'lot cops' in the parking lot. We will continue our long-standing practice of regularly evaluating our staffing, training, procedures, and technology which are designed to provide a safe working and shopping experience," Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia told the AP.

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Memorial dedicated to El Paso shooting victims

People gather at a makeshift memorial honoring victims outside Walmart Aug. 15, in El Paso, Tex. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

A 30-foot memorial was unveiled on Saturday at a public dedication ceremony for the El Paso Walmart mass shooting victims, ABC News reports.

Details: The memorial, named "Grand Candela", consists of 22 individual aluminum arcs that are grouped together and illuminated to resemble a candle. The arcs on the permanent monument represent the 22 people who died in the attack.

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Walmart's stock has almost doubled Amazon in 2019

Data: Money.net; Chart: Axios Visuals

Investors took profits on Walmart's stock after its stronger-than-expected earnings report Thursday, but the outlook remains bright as the world's largest retailer again showed growth in sales as it has in every quarter for five years straight.

The big picture: "A 41% gain in e-commerce sales, up from the second-quarter’s 37%, was especially notable," WSJ's Justin Lahart writes.

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Fresno mass shooting: What we know so far

Police in Fresno, California, said at least four people were killed and six others wounded in a backyard shooting on Sunday evening, local news outlets first reported. "No suspect is in custody," AP reports.

Details: Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley said in an initial briefing that the suspect had entered the property in the city that's southeast of Sacramento and opened fire during a football watch party about 6 pm. Deputy Chief Michael Reid later told reporters that three people died at the home, where "at least 35 people" were present.

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