Two Wal-Mart employees shot dead in parking lot, suspect arrested
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The man accused of killing two workers in a Wal-Mart store parking lot appears to be mentally disturbed, according to court records released Wednesday.Ed Lui, 53, was arrested Tuesday after allegedly driving into a Wal-Mart parking lot in this Phoenix suburb and shooting two cart collectors.The documents released after his initial court appearance early Wednesday alleged that after shooting the workers, Lui reloaded his .40-caliber handgun and then shot them several more times while they lay on the ground.The court documents indicated that he appeared mentally disturbed but gave no details.Glendale police previously said it didn’t appear Lui knew the victims or had a vendetta against them or Wal-Mart.”We don’t know why he did this. This was barbaric,” police Officer Mike Pena said after the shootings on Tuesday.Lui was booked into jail Tuesday night on two counts of first-degree murder.While police gave his last name as Lui, court documents and county property records spelled his name as Liu. The discrepancy couldn’t immediately be resolved.The shootings occurred in the middle of the parking lot, about 75 yards from the store entrance. It did not appear he spoke with the victims.Two witnesses allegedly followed the gunman as he drove from the parking lot. They lost track of him in the neighborhood but were able to provide a license number that police used to track him.Pena said Lui was arrested without incident at his home in a retirement village about two miles away in neighboring Peoria.The victims were identified as Anthony Spangler, 18, and Patrick Graham, who was probably in his 30s, Pena said. Both were from Glendale.Delia Garcia, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman on the scene, said the two young men were collecting shopping carts when the gunfire broke out. The store closed Tuesday afternoon but was reopened Wednesday morning.”This is an extremely tragic situation,” company spokeswoman Sharon Weber said from Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.The store is about 20 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix.Vail – Colorado
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