CRIME

2 dead in shooting at Grand Forks Wal-Mart; several others injured and taken to hospital

In this photo provided by WDAZ-WDAY TV Grand Forks-Fargo, police investigate the scene of a shooting at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Grand Forks, N.D. Grand Forks Police said the deadly shooting occurred a few minutes after 1 a.m. (Matt Henson/WDAZ-WDAY TV Grand Forks-Fargo via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

In this photo provided by WDAZ-WDAY TV Grand Forks-Fargo, police investigate the scene of a shooting at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Grand Forks, N.D. Grand Forks Police said the deadly shooting occurred a few minutes after 1 a.m. (Matt Henson/WDAZ-WDAY TV Grand Forks-Fargo via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Two people died and several more were injured in a shooting early Tuesday at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Grand Forks, North Dakota, police said.

Deputy Police Chief Mike Ferguson would not say if the gunman was arrested, at large or among the dead, but did say he believed there was any further risk to the public following the shooting.

Ferguson did not provide names of the dead or say how many have been injured.

Officers responded to reports of gunshots a few minutes after 1 a.m., he said, adding that officers discovered "multiple victims" and that several of them were taken to a hospital.

It was not immediately clear if the two dead died at the scene or at the hospital.

The store is one of two Wal-Marts in the northeastern North Dakota city of about 55,000 people. The store's website says it is open 24 hours. Calls to the store were not immediately answered.

Andy Legg, who was in the store at the time of the shooting, told WDAZ-TV that he heard "popping sounds" shortly before authorities herded him and other customers to a safe section of the store. He said when the group later left the building they passed a Wal-Mart employee who was covered in blood.

A SWAT team that responded to the store secured a car in the parking lot about 4:15 a.m., and officers used a robot to search it, WDAZ-TV reported.