Robert Potter Credit: Augusta Police Department

An Augusta man has been charged in connection with the discharge of a gun Monday night inside Walmart on Civic Center Drive, according to police.

The death of a female shopper after witnessing the altercation was unrelated to the incident, Deputy Chief Jared Mills said Tuesday in a press release.

Robert Potter, 31, is charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

Potter was shopping at the Augusta location about 8 p.m. when he got into a verbal confrontation with another customer, Mills said.

“At one point during the argument, Mr. Potter brandished a firearm, pointing it at the other customer,” Mills said. “The customer attempted to defend himself by disarming Mr. Potter, at which time one round discharged from the firearm.”

No one was injured in the altercation, police said.

Potter remained hospitalized Tuesday, but the location was not made public.

If convicted of the Class C crime, Potter faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.