Springfield Police responded to a call from an active shooter at Republic Rd’s Walmart Neighbourhood Market near Golden Ave on Thursday evening.
Springfield police arrived at the scene within three minutes of the call. Police reported that a young white male in his twenties stopped at the Walmart, where he was wearing bulletproof vests and military clothing. Police say the man had tactical weapons.
The police then said that the man entered the Walmart: At the local market, he grabbed a cart and started pushing it into the store. The police say the man was checking in while walking around the store with a mobile phone.
The store manager at the local market triggered a fire alarm, prompting people to escape the store.
According to police, the man then headed for an emergency exit where a former firefighter held him at gunpoint. At that time, Springfield police arrived at the scene and arrested the man.
The Springfield Police Department could not confirm the nature of the statements made by the man inside the Walmart, but it did confirm that the man had loaded weapons and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.
Police also observed many clients hiding outside the Walmart and in nearby businesses.
Lieutenant Mike Lucas said it was clear that man’s intention was to cause chaos, saying in part, “His intention was not to cause peace or comfort… He’s lucky to be alive, to be honest.”
Police have identified the man’s vehicle and are investigating the possibility of other firearms in the vehicle.