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Gunman kills 2 Wal-Mart employees in parking lot

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Police tape stretches across part of the Wal-Mart parking lot after the shootings.

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(CNN) -- Two Wal-Mart employees were shot to death Tuesday in the parking lot of a company supercenter store in a Phoenix suburb, and police later nabbed a suspect after an areawide search, Glendale police said.

Police spokesman Mike Pena identified the man as 53-year-old Ed Liu of Peoria, Arizona. Pena said Liu would be charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

According to Pena, police received reports of shots fired at 1:20 p.m. (3:20 p.m. ET), and found the bodies of two men in the lot. Pena would not say what kind of gun was used in the killings.

The victims were identified as Patrick Graham, 18, and 19-year-old Anthony Spangler, both of Glendale, Pena said.

Police have not determined a motive for the shootings.

"He walked into their direction and fired several rounds at them which resulted in them dying of several gunshot wounds," Pena said.

A shopper who was loading purchases into her van said she saw Liu running back and forth in the parking lot before shots were fired.

"I had only half of my groceries in the car," she said. "I took my kids, and all three of us jumped in the car and we sat on the floor. ... Then I heard six or seven shots."

The woman said she saw one of the men collapse between two cars.

She said she felt safe enough to leave the van when she saw the store manager.

Video showed the second victim lying in a space reserved for shopping-cart returns.

The supercenter, which offers groceries, bakery goods, tires and other services, is in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix.

"This is something that you never imagine," Pena said. "This is a Wal-Mart located in the north sector of town, nice area and low crime -- something you don't expect to happen in that area."

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