Woman abducted, then fatally shot outside York County Walmart

Photo courtesy: Amira Abbott

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A woman who was shot outside of a York County Walmart Thursday morning has died. A suspect is in custody, police added.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that deputies had responded to the Tabb area Walmart.

Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs said a deputy happened to be at the Walmart and witnessed the shooting. The deputy immediately took the shooter — who officials identified as 34-year-old Cindy N. Bryant — into custody.

The incident began inside the optometrist office where Jean worked, police said. Cindy Bryant abducted Jean Bryant from her work area, according to police, before arriving in the front area of the WalMart parking lot, near the main entrances.

Cindy Bryant then shot Jean Bryant several times in the abdomen, according to police.

The victim in the shooting — identified as 37-year-old Jean Bryant — was taken to the hospital where she later died. 

Bryant is charged with first-degree murder, abduction, and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Additional charges may be forthcoming, police added.

The Walmart was shut down and the entrances to the store were blocked while deputies investigated the shooting. The store was later opened only for emergency prescriptions before opening for full service at 2:30 p.m.

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