HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A 31-year-old is facing a felony charge for threatening to shoot up a Gibsonton Walmart.
Hillsborough deputies say 31-year-old Wayne Padgett called in the threat around 1:17 p.m. Sunday, reportedly telling a Walmart employee he was 5 minutes away and was going to shoot up the store located on Gibsonton Drive.
Sheriff Chad Chronister said Padgett admitted to making the call and admitted “he was intrigued with the shootings over the last couple of days.”
Deputies said Padgett lives near the Walmart and his mother even works at the store. She was working during the time of the call.
No firearms were located at Padgett’s home. He is unemployed and has no criminal history.
Chronister said they are not taking any threats lightly, especially given the recent tragedies across the nation.
“After the events over the last week, we all fear for our safety to begin with so to have an individual who for whatever reason wants to be a copycat, or wants to still fear in people for whatever that motive may be is disturbing,” he said. “If you make any type of threat, know that your sheriff’s office is going to take it extremely seriously, expend whatever resources in a timely fashion to find that threat.”
Padgett now faces a felony count of false report of use a firearm in a violent manner.
- I-440 reopens after earlier police investigation
- One dead after early morning shooting in Raleigh
- Last El Paso shooting victim laid to rest on Saturday
- As Durham homicides increase, residents rally against violence
- At least 45 vehicles involved in crash that closed I-40/I-85 in Orange County
For more stories like this that matter to you, click here to download the CBS 17 News app for free.
Watch live newscasts, get breaking news and sign up for push alerts – download now