Attempted murder charged dropped in Walmart shooting

July 20, 2019 GMT

NORTH VERSAILLES, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have dropped an attempted homicide charge against a woman in a shooting in a western Pennsylvania Walmart that critically wounded another woman.

WTAE-TV reports that the action came after surveillance video showed two women attacking 22-year-old Rojanai Alston from behind July 5 in the electronics section of the North Versailles (Vuhr-SAYLZ’) store.

Allegheny County police say Alston opened fire, hitting a 25-year-old woman multiple times. She was later arrested and still faces an aggravated assault charge.

Defense attorney Ken Haber said after Thursday’s preliminary hearing that Alston didn’t pick the fight or the location but defended herself with her legal 9mm handgun. He said his client “was cold-cocked” three times and her attackers then tried to drag her to the ground, and if unarmed could have been killed.