Purely innocent: No regrets from man who walked into Walmart with body armor, loaded weapons – USA TODAY

\Purely innocent\: No regrets from man who walked into Walmart with body armor, loaded weapons - USA TODAY

Armed man arrested at Walmart: It was foolish, no regret

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A man who walked into a Missouri Walmart wearing body armor and carrying loaded weapons acknowledges the timing was bad but said he didnt intend to hurt anyone and doesnt regret his actions.

Dmitriy Andreychenko, 20, is charged with making a terrorist threat after the Aug. 8 incident at a Walmart in Springfield. He filmed himself walking through the store with the weapons, prompting shoppers and employees to flee.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Attorney David Ransin says his client, Rosemary Melton, suffered a broken neck, crushed elbow and broken hips in last Thursdays crash. Twenty-year-old Dmitriy Andreychenko, who is charged with making a terrorist threat, told law enforcement that he was testing whether the Walmart in Springfield would honor his constitutional right to bear arms. The incident happened just days after 22 people were killed at a Walmart in Texas.

Bad timing, no regrets: Armed man at Springfield Walmart surprised by shoppers reaction

No shots were fired before an off-duty firefighter held Andreychenko at gunpoint until police arrived and arrested him. Andreychenko said in a probable cause statement that he was testing whether Walmart would protect his right to openly carry weapons.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — An attorney says a 74-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after a Missouri police officer crashed into her vehicle while rushing to a Walmart where a man caused mass panic by walking inside wearing body armor and carrying a loaded rifle.

The incident came just days after 22 people were killed during an attack at another Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

Ransin described what happened as a “stunt” and said it was pulled “without any regard for the health and safety of others in our community.” No legal action has been filed.

Andreychenko, who is free on bond and facing a felony charge of making a terrorist threat, told KYTV that he never intended to hurt anyone and was surprised by the reaction.

Not how I wanted to be perceived; Man arrested for assault rifle at Walmart said he didnt intend to scare anyone

It was foolish, I didnt give it thought. It was so innocent that I didnt even think this would happen, he said.

Andreychenko said he talked to a Walmart manager before he arrived at the store and was told he was allowed to openly carry a weapon in the store.

Since January 2017, Missouri has not required a permit to openly or conceal carry a firearm for those 19 years or older.

Walmart said in a statement that it allows concealed and open carry in stores if it is legal in the jurisdictions where the stores are located. Customers who are uncomfortable should contact a manager, the statement said.

In an earlier statement, Walmart called the incident a reckless act designed to scare people, disrupt our business and it put our associates and customers at risk and said Andreychenko is no longer welcomed in its stores.

Andreychenko said the rifle was holstered and he didnt touch it after putting it on. He contended shoppers didnt seemed shocked or panicked until a store employee pulled a fire alarm.

Andreychenko said he always carries a gun, vest and ammunition in his car for protection and because he frequently practices shooting at a range.

I just want people to know there was no evil to what I did. This was not a hate-inspired act. This was purely innocent – the timing was just so off, he said. I would never want to hurt anyone. I pray to God that everything works out.

A spokeswoman for the Springfield police department said police and city officials would not comment because the incident is still being investigated.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A man who walked into a Missouri Walmart wearing body armor and carrying loaded weapons acknowledges the timing was bad but said he didnt intend to hurt anyone and doesnt regret his actions.

Dmitriy Andreychenko, 20, is charged with making a terrorist threat after the Aug. 8 incident at a Walmart in Springfield. He filmed himself walking through the store with the weapons, prompting shoppers and employees to flee.

No shots were fired before off-duty firefighter held Andreychenko at gunpoint until police arrived and arrested him. Andreychenko said in a probable cause statement that he was testing whether Walmart would protect his right to openly carry weapons.

The incident came just days after 22 people were killed during an attack at another Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

Andreychenko, who is free on bond and facing a felony charge of making a terrorist threat, told KYTV he never intended to hurt anyone and was surprised by the reaction.

“It was foolish, I didnt give it thought. It was so innocent that I didnt even think this would happen,” he said.

Andreychenko said he talked to a Walmart manager before he arrived at the store and was told he was allowed to openly carry a weapon in the store.

Since January 2017, Missouri has not required a permit to openly or conceal carry a firearm for those 19 years or older.

Walmart said in a statement that it allows concealed and open carry in stores if it is legal in the jurisdictions where the stores are located. Customers who are uncomfortable should contact a manager, the statement said.

In an earlier statement, Walmart called the incident “a reckless act designed to scare people, disrupt our business and it put our associates and customers at risk” and said Andreychenko is no longer welcomed in its stores.

Andreychenko said the rifle was holstered and he didnt touch it after putting it on. He contended shoppers didnt seemed shocked or panicked until a store employee pulled a fire alarm.

Andreychenko said he always carries a gun, vest and ammunition in his car for protection and because he frequently practices shooting at a range.

“I just want people to know there was no evil to what I did. This was not a hate inspired act. This was purely innocent — the timing was just so off,” he said. “I would never want to hurt anyone. I pray to God that everything works out.”

A spokeswoman for the Springfield police department said police and city officials would not comment because the incident is still being investigated.


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