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Man charged with making terrorist threat at Springfield Walmart tells his side

"No one looked like they were scared, no one looked frightened, there was no one getting trampled. It just looked like a very civil evacuation of the building." 

August 14, 2019 - 2:34 pm
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KMOX/AP) - The man who created panic at a Missouri Walmart is speaking out, after being released on bond. 

Dmitriy Andreychenko, 20, says nobody was panicking when he walked into the Springfield, Mo. Walmart – heavily armed with guns and ammunition. His interview with KY3 News aired Tuesday night and he said, "It was foolish, I didn't give it thought. It was so innocent that I didn't think this would happen.

"No one looked like they were scared, no one looked frightened, there was no one getting trampled. It just looked like a very civil evacuation of the building." 

He allegedly told police he was filming the incident on his cellphone in case he was told to leave the store, and bought the guns for protection after the shootings. He told KY3 that he had called Walmart and they told him he was allowed to bring a rifle into the store. 

He said he bought the rifle and body armor because of three recent shootings and a stabbing, and said he wanted to protect himself.

His wife, Angelice Andreychenko, told investigators that she warned him it was not a good idea, adding that he was an immature boy.

His sister, Anastasia Andreychenko, said he had asked her if she would videotape him going into Walmart with a gun and she also told him it was a bad idea, according to the probable cause statement.

The statement does not allege that he pointed the weapons at anyone, although patrons in the surveillance video could be seen in the background running away.

Walmart issued a statement Friday that praised authorities for stopping the incident from escalating. It said Andreychenko is no longer welcome in its stores.

"This was a reckless act designed to scare people, disrupt our business and it put our associates and customers at risk," said spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins. "We applaud the quick actions of our associates to evacuate customers from our store, and we're thankful no one was injured."

Since January 2017, Missouri has not required a permit to openly or conceal carry a firearm for those 19 years or older. Roughly 30 states allow the open carrying of handguns and rifles and shotguns in public without a permit.

San Francisco-based Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence said six states generally prohibit the open carrying of rifles and shotguns — California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Jersey — along with the District of Columbia, the law center said.

California, Florida and Illinois also generally ban the open carry of handguns, as do New York and South Carolina.

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