Kids Injured When Man Rammed Cars at Walmart With Truck, Lubbock Police Say
A Lubbock man is in jail after reportedly ramming several vehicles at a Walmart gas station in southwest Lubbock.
The wreck occurred at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22 in the parking lot of the Walmart location at 82nd Street and Milwaukee.
Lubbock Police say that 33-year-old Nicholas Zane Melton intentionally accelerated his 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 dually pickup north across the parking lot following an argument.
Melton reportedly hit the storm water drain at the north end of the Walmart parking lot and continued to accelerate, hitting three vehicles that were in the fuel area of Murphy’s.
After striking the vehicles, police say he continued to drive across the grassy area onto 82nd Street, colliding with a fourth vehicle. .
He reportedly drove into the parking lot of Betenbough Homes, got out of the truck, and began walking away from the scene.
Officers placed Melton in custody shortly after he exited the vehicle.
Four victims were taken to University Medical Center, including a six-year-old child, who remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. The other three were treated and released. A fifth person was involved, but was uninjured.
Of the five victims involved, four are children between the ages of six and 12.
So far, Melton has been charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief, and a warrant for the issuance of a bad check. Lubbock Police say that the investigation is ongoing, and more charges are possible.
Melton is being held in the Lubbock County Jail on $160,000 bond.