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Man Armed With Hammers Shot by Off-Duty Secret Service Officer Outside Woodbridge Walmart

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    News4's Shomari Stone reports from Woodbridge, where a man who was armed with two hammers had smashed a Walmart display case and was later shot by an off-duty cop. (Published Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014)

    A man who smashed a Walmart jewelry display case with two hammers was shot by an off-duty Secret Service officer in Northern Virginia Thursday afternoon.

    The incident was reported just before 5 p.m. at the Walmart near Potomac Mills mall on Worth Avenue. 

    Walmart Customers Heard Glass Crashing, Screaming

    [DC] Walmart Customers Heard Glass Crashing, Screaming
    News4's Julie Carey talked to a man who was shopping at the Woodbridge Walmart when a man armed with two hammers shattered the store's jewelry counter.
    (Published Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014)

    According to Prince William County Police, 21-year-old Mohamed Sankoh of Fayetteville, North Carolina broke the glass display cases of the store's jewelry counter using two  hammers, then fled the scene.

    Customers and employees described the scene as "chaotic" as they took cover. 

    Man Armed with Hammers Shot Outside Walmart

    [DC] Man Armed with Hammers Shot Outside Walmart
    News4's Julie Carey reports on Thursday afternoon's shooting outside a Woodbridge Walmart.
    (Published Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014)

    "All of a sudden, I heard all these women and children screaming, and they were all running toward one side of the store," shopper Mike Swain said. "I just kind of ducked behind the DVD aisle."

    An off-duty Secret Service officer followed Sankoh outside the store and into the parking lot. Police say the Sankoh ignored commands by the off-duty officer, and was then shot. Sankoh was transported to a local hospital and as of Friday, remained in stable condition. He's due in court Dec. 1.

    Man Armed With Hammers Shot by Off-Duty Cop Outside Walmart

    [DC] Man Armed With Hammers Shot by Off-Duty Cop Outside Walmart
    A man who attempted to steal jewelry at a Northern Virginia Walmart Thursday afternoon was shot by an off-duty police officer. News4's Julie Carey reports.
    (Published Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014)

    "It's unknown whether [he was a threat] but he did have two hammers in his hands that could do some damage," Jonathan Berok with Prince William County Police said.