Cleveland Police arrested a man late Wednesday evening after he allegedly fired shots through a door at Lowe’s Home Improvement, then entered the large warehouse-style store and fired at least one more round inside.
He is being held under $1 million bond, according to officials.
Avery Shelton, 22, used a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun during the alleged attempted attack on a store manager and another employee, according to Detective Bill Parks of the Cleveland Police Department.
The incident began to unfold just before 11:30 p.m. at the Lowe’s store on Paul Huff Parkway.
Officials are working to determine the motive behind the incident.
Parks said according to his initial investigation, Shelton had parked beside the unnamed store employee’s car and a manager went out to the parking lot to see why.
Shelton reportedly left, then returned, parking in front of a glass door. He then reportedly exited his vehicle and walked toward the front of the store.
The manager and employee were standing inside when Shelton allegedly raised the weapon and fired three shots into the glass door, shattering the glass, reports said.
According to Parks, the manager and employee both ran when they saw the firearm.
Shelton then allegedly entered the store and chased the two toward the south side of the structure.
CPD officers were quick to arrive on the scene.
CPD Information Officer Evie West said the officers located Shelton in the Lumber Department and took him into custody without further incident.
According to West, 11 employees were inside the store when the incident took place.
CPD’s Crime Scene Technician Shane Clark responded to the scene and collected evidence.
Parks said at least one shot was fired into the ceiling inside the store.
Shelton has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and four counts of felony reckless endangerment.
According to Parks, Shelton was transported to the Bradley County Jail, where he was booked on the charges and is awaiting arraignment.