Walmart Security Guard Shot In Parking Lot


A Walmart security guard was recovering at Grant Medical Center after being shot in the store's parking lot early Friday morning.

Columbus police say the security guard, Gerald Wheeler, was performing his duties while working at the lot in the 3900 block of Morse Road.

Around 1:30 a.m. officers say Wheeler, an employee of Securitas Security Services, was approached by 29-year-old Terrance Blake and shot with a .25 caliber pistol.

Police say that's when Blake stole Wheeler's security vehicle and fled the scene.

In a 911 call obtained by 10TV, store employees described what Wheeler said happened.

"He said that it was a black man, came up and told him that he needed to talk to him, and shot him. It happened very fast, he didn't get to see what he was wearing or anything like that," the caller said.

Officers caught up with Blake few miles away on Vindome and Argyle drives.  

Police said Blake was being charged with aggravated robbery and then transported to the Franklin County Jail.

Investigators say they are looking at surveillance video that may have captured the shooting on camera.

A branch manager with Securitas said that Wheeler has only been employed with the company for about four months. A family member tells 10TV Wheeler was stable, and continued to recover.

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