Police identify alleged shooter, victim in deadly Walmart fight

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Posted on February 16, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 10:51 AM

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A man shot inside a Walmart store during a fight died, police in Chandler said Sunday night.

Detectives reviewing surveillance video report that two people -- Cyle Wayne Quadlin, 25, and Kriston Charles Belinte Chee, 36 -- got into a fight in the store, which ended in a shooting around 4 p.m. Sunday, Chandler police spokesman Joseph Favazzo said in a news release.

"It appears the two did not know one another," Favazzo said in an email to media outlets Monday morning. "The initial dispute broke out at the service counter."

According to police, Quadlin was losing the fight. Favazzo said he told officers he "was in fear for his life" when he pulled a gun and allegedly shot Belinte Chee.

Quadlin remained at the store for a little while and then fled. He didn't make any other threats, according to Favazzo.

Soon afterward, a family member called authorities to report his whereabouts. Police picked up Quadlin at the home and were questioning him. He was not under arrest as of Monday morning and was cooperating with authorities, Favazzo said.

Belinte Chee was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, but later died.

An employee who answered the phone at the Walmart store said she wasn't allowed to talk about the shooting. An email sent to corporate headquarters wasn't immediately returned.

A witness named Arus, who did not give her last name, said she was standing next to the man who was shot. She said it happened so fast, she didn't even notice the shooter's gun. "I was paying for my groceries, and I saw the guy fall down next to me and he wouldn't stop bleeding."

Detectives are reviewing in-store video to see what led up to the fight before the shooting happened.

The store reopened Monday at 7 a.m.

Walmart said it is sending crisis counselors to the store.

Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee says the retailer is working with police to provide them any information they might find useful. She said the company's "thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved."

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STATEMENT FROM WALMART

"This is such a sad situation and our thoughts are with all of those involved. We are working closely with Chandler Police to provide them any information we have that might be useful for their investigation."

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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