One man shot another man in the face inside a 7-Eleven store in Chandler Wednesday night, according to police.
The man's injury isn't life-threatening, but this is the second time in less than two weeks that a customer of a Chandler business shot another customer inside the store.
On February 16, two men got into a physical fight at a Walmart store, which is a little more than a mile down the street from the 7-Eleven, on Warner Road.
In the Walmart case, police said the shooter pulled a gun and fatally shot 36-year-old Kriston Belinte-Chee. The shooter told police he shot the man because he was losing the fight and "was in fear for his life." The shooter, 25-year-old Cyle Quadlin, hasn't been charged, but police are forwarding the case to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to make a decision on possible charges.
In the 7-Eleven incident Wednesday night, the two customers started an argument, which escalated into the two men shoving each other, according to Chandler Police Sergeant Joe Favazzo.
One of the men pulled out a gun, and pointed it at the other man, but the other man pulled out a gun of his own.
Favazzo says it appears that the shooter had pulled his gun first. Neither man's name has been released at this point, but police say they're both Chandler residents.
The shooter left the store but turned himself in to police. Favazzo says the shooter's not in custody, as police are investigating the incident.
The man who was shot in the face was hospitalized, but, again, the wound isn't life-threatening, police say. The man was at the store with his teenage son during all this, police say.
Favazzo says police plan on releasing more detailed information later today.
UPDATE 12:21 p.m.: From Chandler PD:
The man who was shot has been identified as: Kenneth Morrow (39 years old). Mr. Morrow remains in the hospital with a serious but not life threatening gunshot wound to the face. The shooter in this case has not been arrested and his information is not being released at this time. He is cooperating with police. He is a Chandler resident, 34 years old . . . This case remains under investigation and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office will be consulted on this case as in the Walmart case.
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