A man police say was armed with 100 rounds of ammunition walked around inside a Springfield, MO Walmart Thursday afternoon filming himself as he pushed a shopping cart while carrying a rifle. Fortunately, he was stopped by an armed former firefighter.
News channel KY3 reports:
Officers booked Dmitriy N. Andreychenko, 20, on suspicion of first-degree making a terroristic threat. Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson has yet to file formal charges in the case.
The Springfield Police Department arrived on scene within three minutes of the call. Police stated Andreychenko pulled up to the Walmart, where he donned body armor and military fatigues. Police say the man had tactical weapons.
Police then say Andreychenko walked into the Walmart Neighborhood Market where he grabbed a cart and began pushing it around the store. Police say the man was recording himself walking through the store via a cell phone.
The store manager at the Neighborhood Market pulled a fire alarm, urging people to escape the store.
Police say Andreychenko then made his way out an emergency exit where a former firefighter held the man at gunpoint. At that moment Springfield Police arrived on scene and detained the man.
Watch a video report on what happened via ABC News:
It’s unclear what the gunman’s motives were, but in a February Facebook post, he commented about how he hated Walmart because of their policy on selling guns:
The incident happened just five days after a horrific mass shooting inside an El Paso, TX Walmart that killed 22 people and injured dozens more. In the Springfield incident, thankfully no one was hurt.
Springfield Police Department Lt. Mike Lucas said yesterday that the gunman’s “intent was not to cause comfort or peace to anybody that was in the business here. In fact, he’s lucky to be alive still, to be honest.”
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