An 18-year-old is behind bars after a .45 caliber gun he had concealed in his pocket while inside a Walmart in Buckeye went off inside the store, endangering customers and employees.
Police arrested 18-year-old Maurice Eugene Weaver Jr., who admitted that his gun went off inside his pocket while he was at Walmart.
Buckeye police were called to the Walmart on Watson and Yuma roads at around 5:30 p.m. September 8. The caller told police someone had fired a gun inside the store.
Police arrived within minutes but were told by a witness who heard the shot that several teens were seen walking away from where the shot was fired. Officers located a bullet impact in the floor and fragments of the bullet scattered about. A shell casing was also located.
Store security cameras showed two subjects leaving the aisle and then store at the time the gun went off. Within minutes, officers circulating the area saw subjects matching the description from the security camera in a car in the parking lot. Three subjects were detained and a .45 caliber handgun was found in the car with ammunition that matched the shell casing found at the scene.
One of the subjects being questioned — identified as Weaver — had a torn section in his pants near his front right pocket which was similar to that of a handgun going off while in his pants.
Weaver was booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail and charged with one count of disorderly conduct involving weapons, one count of endangerment, one count of discharging a firearm within city limits, one count of carrying a concealed weapon while younger than 21, and one count of criminal damage. The two other subjects were released.