Police in Springfield, Missouri, said they arrested a man who showed up at a Walmart store carrying a rifle and wearing body armor, terrifying shoppers who fled from the store.
Springfield police posted on Facebook that “an armed individual” was arrested Thursday. No shots were fired after a good guy with a gun intervened.
The incident happened five days after a mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart, left 22 people dead.
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The Springfield News-Leader quoted Lt. Mike Lucas as saying that the man arrived Thursday afternoon wearing body armor and military-style clothing.
He walked inside the Walmart carrying a “tactical rifle” and another gun. Lucas said the man had more than 100 rounds of ammunition.
Lucas said an off-duty firefighter held the suspect — a 20-year-old man who was not immediately identified — at gunpoint until police arrived about three minutes after receiving an initial call.
“Thankfully, there weren’t any shots fired. I think it’s great that that off-duty fire man was here,” Lucas said.
Lucas said the suspect would be charged but the exact crimes would be determined later.
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Security video from inside the store would be reviewed to determine the man’s demeanor and a possible motive, he said.
“His intent obviously was to cause chaos here, and he did that,” Lucas added.
The Associated Press contributed to this article