‘I’ve been shot’ – 911 calls reveal moments after Garner Walgreens shooting

Wake County News

GARNER, N.C. (WNCN) – 911 calls made following a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Walgreens on Highway 70 in Garner reveal pleas for help.

One of the victims called 911.

“I’ve been shot. Walgreens. Highway 70. Garner. I’m in the pharmacy,” the caller said. “An angry customer shot me. Do you have your phone? Please call my husband.”

That caller later said they know the person who shot them. 

Police, fire and EMS units were dispatched just before 10 a.m. to the Walgreens located at 1116 U.S. Highway 70 west.

Police said the suspect shot a pharmacist and a pharmacy tech.

“We were sitting at the window and we heard the shots fired and the screaming,” one caller said.

That caller said she heard two or three shots.

“Get me out of here,” the caller said. 

A person who appears to be a manager at the store also called 911.

“I have two employees shot by a customer,” he said.  “I don’t know if he’s still here.”

Another caller said she was on the phone with the pharmacy when she heard gunshots in the background. 

“I was on the phone with the pharmacist and he was talking to me and the next thing I heard was ‘bang, bang, bang, bang.’ I heard people screaming and I never heard him again,” a 911 caller said. 

A Wake County deputy later located the suspect, identified by police as 60-year-old Stephen Denning, and followed him to the Golden Corral on Highway 70. 

The Wake County deputy shot Denning while attempting to take him into custody, the sheriff’s office said. 

The shooting victims and suspect are all being treated at WakeMed. Their conditions are unknown at this time. 

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