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Former employee arrested after driving through Concord Walmart

Police said one person is in custody after driving a car into the Walmart store on Thunder Road in Concord Friday morning.

CONCORD, N.C. — A former Walmart employee was arrested after police said they crashed a car into the front doors of a Concord, North Carolina, store Friday morning. 

According to Concord Police, the incident happened at the Walmart store on Thunder Road near Concord Mills Mall and Derita Road. A spokesperson for Concord Police said the suspect was a former employee who had been fired within the last week or so. 

Employees were evacuated from the building and the store will remain closed while police investigate the wreck.

The driver was taken into custody and facing multiple charges. Police have not yet identified the suspect or announced the exact charges at this time. Investigators aren't yet sure how long the suspect was driving through the store but said there was "extensive" damage throughout the store.  

One employee told WCNC Charlotte's Richard DeVayne it "sounded like gunshots" when the car crashed through the store.

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No injuries were reported by first responders. Police have not determined a motive for the crash at this time.

Note: WCNC instituted a new policy in March 2021 regarding the broadcast or posting of mugshots.

WCNC will only air or post a mugshot if the person has been formally charged with a crime and in a few other cases. The exceptions include: If it appears the person could be a danger to themselves or others or if they are wanted by authorities; to differentiate between people with a common name; if the photos could encourage more victims to come forward. The news-editorial leadership may also decide to use a mugshot based on the severity of the crime(s) committed and/or the level of public interest in the crime and ensuing criminal proceedings.

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