- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Authorities are still seeking a motive a week after a U.S. airman walked into a Grand Forks Wal-Mart and opened fire, killing one worker and injuring a second before turning the handgun on himself.

“I’m not sure we’ll ever fully understand the motive,” Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said Tuesday. “It’s always a struggle when you have an act like this.”

Police said Marcell Willis, 21, walked into the store May 26 and shot and killed cashier Gregory Weiland. He also shot and wounded Lisa Braun, the overnight grocery general manager, before killing himself.

Zimmel said police are still awaiting an autopsy to determine whether Willis had drugs or alcohol in his system.

“We’re still piecing together a timeline and leads,” Zimmel said. “We hope to have an inkling of how we got what we got that night.”

Braun, 47, of Grand Forks, suffered a gunshot wound to her shoulder and was released from a hospital over the weekend, her father said.

“She’s in good spirits,” said Larry Friesz. “It could have been a lot worse.” Friesz said he doesn’t know if his daughter will return to where she’s worked since 2009.

Friesz said his daughter “worked right beside” Weiland, 70, who had been a Wal-Mart employee for 24 years.

“She was really good friends with that man and said he was one heck of a nice guy,” Freisz said.

Willis had been stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base, about a dozen miles west of the city, since February 2013 and had achieved the rank of senior airman, the military said. The military has not released any information on Willis’ service record because of the ongoing investigation.

Willis’ father, Sean Willis, told The Associated Press that his son had been in the military for about three years and was originally from Springfield, Tennessee.

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