Walmart in southwest Harris County evacuated after reported toxic spray incident

This Walmart store in west Harris County was evacuated Sunday night after someone reportedly sprayed pepper spray inside

August 19, 2013 3:58:42 AM PDT
A mystery at a southwest Harris County Walmart turned patrons into patients last night. Witnesses tell us they saw people coughing, sneezing and even throwing up in the aisles of the store. Some people had to be taken to the hospital.

Harris County Sheriff investigators say two men, believed to be betwen the ages of 18 and 25 years old, sprayed some type of chemical in the air for some unknown reason inside the store just before 9pm.

More than 100 customers and employees were forced to evacuate. Customers say the affects were strong, causing coughing, sneezing and in some cases, even worse.

"Immediately I noticed something was going on and I looked around to all the ends of Walmart and everyone was coughing, sneezing, and some were even throwing up," said customer Oluwatoyin Iseyemi. "So we quickly left the building."

"HazMat came on scene and they went inside and cleared the building," Sgt. Billy Johnson with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said. "They checked the air quality and reported the air quality had returned back to good."

Sheriff's deputies say four to five people had to be transported to the hospital for their symptoms. There is no word on their conditions at this time.

Authorities are using surveillance video to try to identify the suspects.

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