Published: Sun, August 11, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Man detained after walking into Walmart armed with rifle and body armor

Man detained after walking into Walmart armed with rifle and body armor

No injuries or fatalities have been reported, and no shots were fired, police said.

Less than a week after a gunman launched a deadly assault on a crowded Walmart in El Paso, Texas, the sudden appearance of a man wearing military-style clothing and carrying a tactical rifle set off a panic at the Walmart store in Springfield. The man in body armor had been seen pushing a shopping cart and recording video of himself on a cellphone, police told NBC affiliate KYTV. The manager pulled a fire alarm and urged everyone to evacuate the building.

Police reportedly arrived on the scene within three minutes of receiving the call.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, police said Andreychenko allegedly had more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

Lieutenant Mike Lucas, who arrived at the scene whilst he was being detained by the firefighter, said that his intent was "obviously to cause chaos", which he did. "In fact, he's lucky to be alive still to be honest".

The man's ill-conceived stunt, while technically legal in the open-carry state of Missouri, was nearly guaranteed to inspire fear, coming less than a week after Patrick Crusius shot up a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, leaving 22 dead and injuring dozens more.

Twenty-two people were killed.

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The potential charges against Mr Andreychenko will depend on his actions while he was in the store, said Dee Wampler, a longtime Springfield defence lawyer and former Greene County prosecutor.

Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson's office confirmed the charges late Friday afternoon.

Missouri is an open-carry state but citizens are not allowed to carry guns in a threatening manner. He's now being held in Greene County Jail with a $10,000 bond. Andreychenko said he, too, left the store at that point, police said.

Lt Lucas said Mr Andreychenko would be charged but the exact crimes would be determined later.

The incident at the Missouri Walmart comes hours after police in Florida identified a man they were looking for who they alleged told a Walmart salesperson in Port St. Lucie that he was looking for something "that would kill 200 people". In 2017, Missouri became a "shall issue" state for concealed weapons, allowing anyone 19 or older to carry a concealed weapon or one in the open without a permit.

Man wearing body armor, carrying rifle sends customers fleeing.

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