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Craigslist sale gone bad ends in Shakopee Walmart parking lot shooting

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A Walmart store in Shakopee was shut down briefly on Tuesday night after a shooting in the parking lot. Police said it was related to the theft of a cellphone in a Craigslist sale.

Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate said two men met in the parking lot of the Walmart store to sell a cellphone shortly before 7 p.m.

"The suspect took the cellphone without paying and a small foot chase happened in the parking lot," Tate said. "At that time, the suspect turned and looked at the victim and displayed a revolver, pulled a revolver out of his waistband."

The victim, who is licensed to carry a gun, took cover in the parking lot and fired several rounds at the suspect.

The store was closed for about 20 minutes to protect customers, Tate said. There were no reported injuries or property damage. Police are reviewing surveillance footage from the store and searching for the suspects.

Tate said he can't comment on whether the man who fired the shots may face charges because the incident is still under investigation.

The Shakopee Police Department welcomes people selling and buying items to use their lobby or parking lot for the transaction.

"We keep reminding folks, most police departments have a similar program, use your police department for these sort of transactions," Tate said.

The suspect and another man who fled with him were driving a silver or gray Chevy Venture with Minnesota plates. Anyone with information about the incident are urged to call the Shakopee Police Department.