His wife said that it was a bad idea. His sister reminded him what happened in El Paso less than a week earlier, when a gunman killed 22 people after he opened a fire at a shopping center and Walmart.
But Dmitriy Andreychenko went ahead with his plan for "social experiment," according to police. Use this 20 year old mobile phone Thursday to film himself by entering Walmart in Springfield, Mo. He said he wanted to test whether his Reform rights would be honored in a public area.
The panic scenes were later very familiar. In the week from 31 supermarket left in Texas and Ohio 31 dead, pandemonium started a motorcycle at back-loading in Manhattan's Square Square with a falling signal. On Tuesday, The panicked customers ran from Walmart Louisiana after men in an argument that drew arms, the police said.
Andreychenko claimed that he did not expect customers' responses, says Friday's statement from Springfield police officer.
“This Missouri,” he told investigators, according to law enforcement. “I understand that if we were somewhere else like New York or California, people would watch out.”
Prosecutors on Friday Andreychenko, of Springfield, claimed a terrorist threat they were making, saying that he had recklessly ignored the risk of evacuation of buildings by knowingly putting fear after El Paso's mass shooting. the same retail chain.
Missouri is an open state of behavior. In 2014, state law allowed anyone with a disguised weapons license to carry arms in the overriding, local, open and inclusive regulations. Starting in 2017, the state allowed individuals to carry covert weapons without permission in most sites and most 19 or older people to obtain a concealed transport license, which could transfer rights to other states.
“Missouri protects the right of people to carry firearms, but this does not allow an individual to act in a reckless and criminal way that would endanger other citizens,” said Greene County Solicitor Solicitor Dan Patterson in a statement, accepting Andreychenko's actions. for a false fire alarm in a theater.
Andreychenko's second felony charge carries up to four years imprisonment and fine as much as $ 10,000. He is holding a $ 10,000 band with the order that he will not have a firearm, according to the prosecutor.
The Andreychenko Washington Post could not be realized immediately for comments. It is unclear whether he has a lawyer.
Andreychenko – who keeps a gun and usually vests his car, according to his wife – he came to Walmart just 4 m.m. Thursday despite his family's warnings that his plan would provoke fear after the people of El Paso, court documents say. The man used his mobile phone to record himself into Walmart's front entrance and then went towards the south-east corner of the building, according to the police. On his right hip there was another weapon other than his AR-style rifle: a hand-held shamrock was loaded with one round in his room. The police say he had more than 100 rounds of ammunition.
He said he was recording where someone stopped him. He just wanted to shop, he said – and tested Walmart's support for the right to carry arms.
Although he said he did not expect the terrible puzzle, Andreychenko knew about the shot in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, and even said he had given the rifle and body armor to defend himself after the t their deadly attacks, the police said.
Walmart employees rose alarm quickly.
When the armed man is seen moving down the passages with a shopping cart, a store manager told an employee to pull the fire alarm to bring people out of the shop, believing that Andreychenko would open a fire. Andreychenko said, too, left the shop at that point, police said. Surveillance footage visits shoppers fleeing.
The man 's officers took custody of an "adventure" after a pattern of stores – a local news station as a former military member – Andreychenko held at gunpoint outside the building, recognized by the authorities.
While Andreychenko did not fire at anyone, according to police, a Battle City official and another driver suffered "serious injuries" in an accident as the officer fled to the scene with emergency lights and seirens. . Both were given to the emergency room.
The debate about where guns are allowed to be carried is long and complex. Missouri is one of about 30 states that allow people to keep or hide firearms without permission, the Associated Press reported. There have been many incidents where counsel of the Second Amendment have shown weapons in the open. But these efforts have rarely prompted the level of panic seen in Springfield.
Walmart said in a statement that Andreychenko is no longer welcome in the chain stores and that he is working with authorities.
“This was a reckless act designed to scare people, disrupt our business and put our partners and customers at risk,” the company said. “We recommend the quick actions of our partners to evacuate customers from our shop, and we are grateful that anyone was injured.”
Springfield Scott Pierson's local news outlet KY3 said Andreychenko could not be arrested for the incident if it happened before the shooting last weekend in El Paso and Dayton.
“But because of those things [that] In fact, a rational person would fear that an individual would walk into a tactical vest and what an attack rifle would be, ”he said.
Springfield Police told CNN that Andreychenko was convinced. . . the potential to harm people. ”
“It was not his intention to give peace or comfort to anyone in the business,” said Lucas. “In fact, he is lucky to be still alive, to be honest.”
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