APPLE VALLEY – The Loss Prevention officers at an Apple Valley Winco store took two suspects into custody after a shooting on Thursday.
At around 12:00 p.m., deputies from the Apple Valley station received a report of a man with a gun at the Winco store located at 19047 Bear Valley Road. Witnesses reported that the man and woman entered the store with a 6-month-old baby who was in a baby carrier. The woman took the baby out of the carrier and carried the baby as she placed multiple items inside the carrier.
“As the couple was walking out of the store, without paying for the items, they were approached by a loss prevention officer,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Jodi Miller. “The male suspect produced a gun and fired a couple of shots.” David Gleason Jr., a customer at the store, said that he heard the gunshots while he was in the back of the store. Following the shots, he saw customers frantically running to the back of the store. “We went to Meat Department, into the back room, and out a back door,” said Gleason.
As the panicked customers ran for cover or ran out of the store exits, the loss prevention officer detained the male suspect and took possession of the gun. The female was attempted to flee the scene through the parking lot with the child but was also detained by the loss prevention officer. Deputies arrived shortly after when both suspects were detained and the firearm was in the possession of the Loss Prevention Officer.
The suspect was later identified as Charles Scott, 24, of Hesperia. The female has been identified as 21-year-old Latoya Moore, of Hesperia. The baby, who had no visible injuries was taken to the hospital as a precaution since witnesses said that the female suspect was not very careful with the child as she ran. “A female employee of the store sustained a graze wound to her arm and declined medical attention,” Miller added.
Scott suffered minor injuries as a result of the fight with loss prevention officers and was arrested for Robbery, Attempted Murder, and Child Endangerment. Moore was arrested for Robbery and Child Endangerment. No other injuries were reported as a result of the incident and no additional information is available for release at this time.
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