At approximately 4:10 pm local time on Thursday, a white male in his twenties walked into a Walmart Neighborhood Market wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying two firearms along with 100 rounds of ammunition. The man began pushing a shopping cart through the store and captured video on his phone as shoppers fled in fear.
The incident took place at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Springfield, Missouri, according to a report by KY3. The suspect who entered the store was wearing a bulletproof vest. He also carried two firearms along with a substantial amount of ammunition.
Police received a 911 call that said it was an active shooter situation.
Lt. Mike Lucas of the Springfield Police Department said that the suspect was pushing a cart through the store. The man also recorded the chaos with his phone’s camera, capturing footage of customers fleeing in terror.
The store manager reportedly pulled a fire alarm, urging shoppers to run. The suspect then tried to make his way out of the building through an emergency exit. However, he didn’t get far.
The suspect encountered an off-duty firefighter who had a concealed carry permit. The firefighter confronted the suspect, holding the man at gunpoint
For about three minutes, the firefighter stood his ground, waiting for police officers to arrive. Once law enforcement was on the scene, the suspect was arrested.
“[The suspect’s] intent was not to cause peace or comfort to anybody that was in that business,” said Lucas. “He’s lucky he’s alive still, to be honest.”
According to reports, no shots were fired during the incident, and no injuries were sustained. The suspect is in custody, but charges have yet to be filed.
Lucas assured reporters that charges were forthcoming, stating, “We definitely have some crimes here.”
Law enforcement agencies have been on high alert after a series of mass shootings in recent weeks, a sentiment Lucas confirmed.
“Obviously, what’s happened in Texas and Dayton… in the last seven days, that’s on everyone’s mind,” he said.