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November 18, 2013

Single shot fired in Centerville Super Wal-Mart

CENTERVILLE — A single shot was fired in the Centerville Wal-Mart Supercenter Sunday afternoon at approximately 2 p.m.

The Centerville Police Department was called to the scene, and the caller told them there was a loud noise inside the store that sounded like a gunshot and a display had fallen. Employees also made mention to a gunpowder smell in the area shortly after the noise.

After searching the store’s security footage, officers were able to identify a suspect, Christopher William Strube, 50, of Centerville.

Strube told officers he was walking through the store with a .45 caliber handgun in his pants pocket, and a bottle that he was carrying hit the gun and caused it to go off. The bullet struck several cans and boxes, and was later found. Strube then paid for his items, and exited the store.

He was properly permitted for carrying a concealed weapon but was charged at 9 a.m. Monday morning with discharging a weapon inside the Centerville city limits. He was released on a promise to appear for his initial court date on Nov. 26. No one was injured.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

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