Walmart shooting leaves teenager Antavius Holton dead and girl, 9, injured as police hunt suspect Adrian Jelks

A GUNMAN opened fire at Walmart on Friday night, killing a teenager and leaving a 9-year-old girl injured and is still at large, police have said.

Officers responded to the alleged shooting at a Fayetteville, Georgia Walmart — 22 miles south of Atlanta — at around 10 p.m. on Friday.

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Police are searching for a man they claimed opened fired in a Georgia WalmartCredit: Fox5
19-year-old Antavius Holton died from injuries sustained in the shooting

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19-year-old Antavius Holton died from injuries sustained in the shootingCredit: Fox5
The suspected gunman, Adrian Jelks, is still at large

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The suspected gunman, Adrian Jelks, is still at largeCredit: Fox5
Police have released a photo of Jelks, appearing to wear a blue Walmart vest

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Police have released a photo of Jelks, appearing to wear a blue Walmart vestCredit: Facebook/City of Fayetteville Public Safety

Two victims were reportedly sent to a nearby hospitals for their injuries, police revealed on Facebook.

Riverdale resident Antavius Holton, 19, died from his injuries.

The 9-year-old girl is expected to survive.

Police have named Adrian Jelks, 19, as the alleged gunman in the shooting.

Fayetteville Chief of Police Scott Gray later revealed that officers were on scene within a minute of when the shooting occurred.

“The pavilion, this is a place where we usually have a very large presence both part-time job and on duty officers, the suspect fled the scene within ten seconds from when the shooting occurred,” Gray said, according to local Fox affiliate WAGA-TV.

He revealed that the department was able to identify the alleged shooter through video and Walmart employees.

Police have claimed that Jelks was working at the Walmart at the time of the shooting.

Jelks fled in a vehicle after the alleged shooting, police said.

The vehicle was reportedly later found abandoned.

The juvenile victim at this time we believe was an innocent bystander and was just hit by a stray bullet being fired by the suspect.

Fayetteville Chief of Police Scott Gray

Police have said they do not believe the shooting was a random act of violence.

However, they have indicated that the 9-year-old girl was an “innocent bystander.”

“The juvenile victim at this time we believe was an innocent bystander and was just hit by a stray bullet being fired by the suspect,” Gray said.

Walmart has confirmed it is cooperating with law enforcement to assist in the investigation.

“We’re heartbroken by what happened in our Fayetteville store Friday night and extend our sympathies to the loved ones of those involved,” a spokesperson told The U.S. Sun.

“We are working with law enforcement to assist them in any way we can as they investigate.”

Police have revealed an image of Jelks, in which he appears to be wearing a blue Walmart vest.

As police continue to search for Jelks, they have said he is considered to be armed and dangerous.

He is currently wanted for murder and aggravated assault.

Anyone who may have information is encouraged to contact the Fayetteville Police Department by calling 770-461-4357.

On Saturday, the Fayetteville Police Department revealed that Sandra Romero-Nunez, 19, had been taken into custody over warrants for Party to a Crime for the offenses of Murder and Aggravated Assault.

It was not immediately clear how Romero-Nunez was connected to the shooting.

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