An off-duty fireman with a concealed carry permit held an armed man at gunpoint until police arrived Thursday.
Police later confirmed to Ozarks First local news that the person in custody is a white 20-year-old male.
“His intent was not to cause peace or comfort to anybody that was in the business. In fact, he’s lucky to be alive, to be honest,” said Lt. Mike Lucas of the Springfield Police Department.
Authorities believe there may be a Facebook Live video available that could clarify the goals of the attack. They will also review Walmart’s security footage to learn more.
“Walmart has hundreds of cameras,” Lucas said. “Every footstep he took here is going to chronicle and document his actions.”
#BREAKING 20-year-old man with rifle,handgun & body armor arrested at Walmart on Republic.
SFD Police say he had 100+ rounds of ammunition. Off-duty firefighter with concealed carry gun held him at gunpoint until officers arrived about 3 minutes later:https://t.co/T4y26bLYuB
— Heather Lewis (@HeatherLewisTV) August 8, 2019