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•  In Chicago, WGN reports that three people were shot in a Walmart parking lot on the city's South Side:

"According to police, the shooting was reported around 7:20 p.m. in the 10900 block of South Doty Avenue when a dark colored sedan pulled up and occupants inside opened fire, hitting three people who were loading groceries into a vehicle after shopping at a retail store.  Police said one victim was a 25-year-old male who was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition after being shot in the chest and back. Two other victims, a 27-year-old male and a 19-year-old female, were also shot and taken to local hospitals in good condition."

Walmart's ubiquity around the US means that it is on the front lines of the issue raised in our Tuesday story, "Some Retailers Caught Between A Gun & A Hard Place," which described the disconnect that exists in specific markets between retailers' desire to keep their customers safe - and feeling safe - and the realities of permissive gun laws that sometimes threaten shoppers' security.