ARNOLD, Mo. – An argument over one driver’s etiquette in a Walmart parking lot led to a physical confrontation and, ultimately, a gun being pulled and a shot fired.
According to Detective Lt. Clinton Wooldridge, a spokesman for the Arnold Police Department, the incident happened around 12:45 p.m. outside the Walmart Supercenter along Jeffco Boulevard.
Police learned a 53-year-old Arnold man was driving in the middle of a parking lane, angering a 47-year-old Pevely man who was in his own vehicle. The two men parked, got out of their vehicles, and got into a fight.
At one point, the 53-year-old pulled a handgun from his waistband. The 47-year-old ran for safety into the store and the 53-year-old fired a shot into the air.
No one was wounded by the bullet, police said.
The 53-year-old’s wife called 911 during the fight and police arrived a short time later.
The 53-year-old was taken to the hospital because he was having trouble breathing. The 47-year-old was taken into custody and later released.
Police said the 53-year-old told them he accidentally fired the shot.
The police report will be handed over to the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for possible charges.
Wooldridge said the 53-year-old could face a felony assault charge while the 47-year-old could face a misdemeanor assault charge.
This all comes nearly a month after an Amazon driver was shot and paralyzed outside a St. Charles Target store after a man got angry at him for parking in a disabled space.