Missouri police arrested a heavily armed man in a Walmart in Southwest Springfield on Thursday evening, Aug. 8, just several days after a mass shooting took place at another Walmart store in Texas.
The Springfield Police Department said it had dispatched officers to 3150 W. Republic Rd. at approximately 4:10 p.m. following a call of an active shooter at Walmart Neighborhood Market.
“An armed white male in his twenties was detained by an armed off-duty fireman until officers arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody,” the department said in a statement.
“No injuries were reported and no shots were fired,” Springfield Police said, adding that the investigation is on-going and they are working to determine the motives behind the armed man.
At 4:10 p.m. SPD were dispatched to 3150 W. Republic Rd. to a Walmart Neighborhood Market. An armed white male in his twenties was detained by an armed off-duty fireman until officers arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody. More: https://t.co/IZcH3Hn8GV
— Springfield PD (@SGFPolice) August 9, 2019
Speaking on KY3.com, Springfield Police Lt. Mike Lucas described the man “walked in the heavily armored fatigues and caused a great amount of panic inside the store. So he certainly had the capability and the potential to harm people.”
Lucas said a lot of people though are still haunted by “what’s happened in Texas and Dayton and all that kind of stuff in the last seven days.”
KY3 also citing police reported that the armed man walked into the Walmart where he grabbed a cart and began pushing it around the store. He was recording himself walking through the store via a cellphone.
After the store manager pulled a fire alarm, urging people to escape the store, the man made his way out an emergency exit where a former firefighter held the man at gunpoint.
Police said the man, who reportedly had loaded weapons and approximately 100 rounds of ammunition, is lucky to be alive with such a show-up.