Woman Found Dead in Walmart Parking Lot

Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a Walmart parking lot in Albany, Georgia, on Wednesday night.

Just after 10.30 p.m. that evening, police responded to the Walmart Neighborhood Market in the 2500 block of North Slappey Boulevard.

According to a witness, the victim was seen having a row with a man and woman in a light blue vehicle in the parking lot around 5:45 p.m, FOX 31 News reported. The man and woman in the vehicle left shortly after words were exchanged, the witness said.

The witness told police that the victim was then seen coming into the store around 7 p.m. They added that while they were going back into the parking lot to leave around 10:30 p.m., they saw the victim sitting slumped over by a tree.

Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler told FOX 31 that the victim is a middle-aged white woman, whose death is considered suspicious. Fowler added that the body will be taken to Atlanta for an autopsy that will be done next week, according to FOX 31.

The victim's family has not yet been identified.

Newsweek has contacted the Albany Police Department for comment on the incident.

The department has asked anyone with information on this case to call (229) 431-2100 or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS.

Walmart stores across America have often been settings for violence, including shootings, both purposeful and accidental.

On June 1, a Texas man was arrested and charged with a felony after authorities said he was planning a mass shooting at a Walmart in the state. Coleman Thomas Blevins, 28, was arrested on May 28, and has been charged with making a "terroristic threat to create public fear and serious bodily injury," according to a press release from the Kerr County Sheriff's Office. Local investigators combed through Blevins' home, and found firearms, ammunition, electronic evidence, concentrated THC, and radical ideology paraphernalia, including books, flags and handwritten documents were seized.

In April, a man accidentally shot and wounded himself while trying on a pair of pants in a Walmart dressing room in McMinnville, Oregon. He was rushed to a local hospital and no other injuries were reported.

Perhaps the most infamous incident at a Walmart was the August 2019 mass shooting at a store in El Paso, Texas. The gunman shot and killed 23 people and injured 23 others, and told the police he was targeting Mexicans. The shooting is considered to be the deadliest attack on Latinos in modern history.

Customers at a Walmart in Florida.
Customers wearing face masks seen outside a Walmart store in Hallandale Beach, Florida in May 2021. Police are investigating the death of a woman, whose body was found in a Walmart parking lot in Albany, Georgia, on Wednesday night. Joe Raedle/Getty Images