Clarksville Police identify shooter, victim in Walmart homicide

This happened less than an hour after this Walmart closed last night just outside the grocery entrance. They didn't open again until after noon today.
Published: Mar. 2, 2022 at 7:56 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2022 at 10:44 AM CST
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Clarksville, Tenn. (WSMV) - Clarksville Police have identified both the suspect and the deceased in this morning’s shooting.

Homicide detectives have taken 42-year-old Christopher Clark into custody for the shooting death of 55-year-old William Eakes Jr. CPD said Eakes’ family has been notified.

According to CPD, the call for a shooting in progress went out around midnight. Officers responded to the Walmart on Ft. Campbell Blvd and found Eakes with multiple gunshot wounds near the front doors of the store.

This Walmart was closed for 12 hours following this incident. Shoppers were shocked to hear it happened and that so far it appears to have been random.

“It was disturbing,” Rodney Northington said. “We come here a lot, and I couldn’t believe it really happened,” he added.

Clark shoots and kills man outside Clarksville Walmart.
Clark shoots and kills man outside Clarksville Walmart.(Courtesy: Clarksville PD)

CPD said they located Clark several hundred yards down Ft. Campbell Blvd, coming out of the woods behind Planet Fitness. Clark was apprehended without incident. Police do not believe that the two men knew each other.

“It just makes it scarier,” Lori Shepherd said.

“If you’re out by yourself, you could be a target,” Northington added.

Eakes was transported to Tennova Hospital, where police said he died.

CPD’s homicide unit continues to investigate the circumstances that led to the shooting.

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