The rural Oklahoma city rocked by the drive-by shooting of Australian baseball player Chris Lane six years ago is faced with a new tragedy after three people were shot dead outside a Walmart.
Duncan authorities confirmed the shooting took place on Monday (local time) in the Walmart car park.
Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said two men and a woman were killed, one of those dead includes the shooter.
Two bodies covered with sheets were visible Monday afternoon outside the store in Duncan in the US state of Oklahoma.
One body was in the driver’s seat of a red, two-door car. The other body was lying on the ground next to the vehicle. Bullet holes are visible in the car’s windshield.
Aaron Helton said he was parking outside the Walmart when he heard about nine gunshots before seeing three bodies.
Police said a handgun was found at the scene.
Walmart confirmed none of its employees were involved in the deadly shooting outside the store in southwestern Oklahoma and spokesman LeMia Jenkins said it was an “isolated incident”.
Mr Jenkins said the retail giant did not evacuate the store but local schools went into lockdown during the incident.
Tragedy comes six years after Aussie killed
The latest shooting comes as the close-knit community still struggles to come to terms with the death of Australian baseball player Chris Lane in 2013.
Mr Lane was randomly shot in the back and left to die by three teenagers just a short drive from the Walmart.
At the time the community and local enforcement were shocked by Mr Lane's death, with violent crime in the city rare.
In 2013, a then 16-year-old Chancey Luna and 15-year-old friend James Edwards were in a car driven by 17-year-old Michael Jones.
They randomly spotted Mr Lane, a 22-year-old from Melbourne who had a scholarship to study and play baseball at Oklahoma's East Central University, jogging along a street.
Mr Lane had never met the teenagers.
They drove up behind Mr Lane and Luna fired a .22 revolver out of the car window into Lane's back.
The trio sped away and left Lane to die in the gutter.
Luna was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first degree murder.
Jones was sentenced to life but could be eligible for release after 38 years.
Edwards entered a guilty plea to an accessory to murder charge and had 10 years of his 25-year sentence suspended.
With AAP and AP
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