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– A Fort Wayne woman was charged Thursday with hitting a Wal-Mart employee on the head several times with a gun after the employee confronted her about stealing items from the store.

Early in the morning on Nov. 30, Santeri Shafounna Hill was seen removing items from a Wal-Mart store without paying for them, according to court documents.

A store employee told police that Hill, 22, took three DVDs and a pair of sparkly purple children’s boots and tried to walk out of the store without paying for the items. After Hill walked past the inner entry door, the employee confronted her, court records said.

Hill said she was going to pay for the items but needed to go outside for a minute. The employee blocked her from leaving, so Hill dropped the items and went out to the parking lot, court records said.

Security cameras show Hill re-entered the store a few minutes later with a small black automatic handgun and threatened to shoot the employee before striking her on the head multiple times, the documents said.

Hill, of the 3700 block of Trace Way, then fled from the store in a vehicle and was arrested a short time during a traffic stop outside her home. She is charged with felony robbery and battery.

She was being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.