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Abilene Woman Inside San Angelo Walmart During Police Shooting

An Abilene woman was at the Walmart in San Angelo during the time a suspect was shot by police Monday afternoon.
An Abilene woman was at the Walmart in San Angelo during the time a suspect was shot by police Monday afternoon.

42-year-old Charles D. Welborn had broken into a gun case inside the store, taking a rifle. After an employee wrestled the rifle away, Welborn ran out of the Walmart where he was met in the parking lot by police.

Welborn refused orders from police who were forced to shoot as Welborn charged at them with a broken bottle.

"It was a terrifying experience," says Kelsie Terry.

Terry was visiting her family on her one day off, when she decided to visit Walmart. She automatically knew something was wrong when the store got quiet.

"It was way too quiet," Terry recalls. "I went to look around and saw baskets were abandoned."

An employee told Terry to evacuate immediately, but couldn't get to her car because police advised everyone to stay out. At that time, Terry believed there were two gunmen on the loose. In order to keep herself safe and hidden, Terry crouched by the shopping carts near the entrance with another lady from out of town.

"I called my spouse and told him what was going on," says Terry. "Life is too short so just in case, I wanted to take time to express my love."

Fear crept in when Terry said she heard five gunshots. After that, Terry said the Wal-Mart manager asked everyone to go back inside only to be told to rush out of the building in fear a gunman was still loose.

"I was over it at that point," Terry said. "I sneaked in my truck and asked police if I could leave."

The police allowed her to leave but the experience is something she'll never forget. She said her truck was near by where the gunshots were fired.

"I've seen a lot of crazy things as a paramedic but that was by far the scariest thing I've done."

Welborn was taken to Shannon Medical Center for treatment.

The Walmart remained closed for several hours and at least a dozen employees waited outside to re-enter as police collected evidence.



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