Minor incident causes major panic at local Walmart

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) A theft Thursday evening at the Harker Heights Walmart caused a major panic just days after the shooting rampage at a Walmart in El Paso that left 22 dead and two-dozen others injured.

(Photo by Brandon Hamilton.)

The suspect ran out of the store with security personnel in pursuit and darted across U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14, but the commotion apparently ignited a rapidly-spreading rumor of an active shooter.

As officers arrived at around 6:30 p.m., a number of shoppers were running out of the store at 2020 Heights Dr.

Officers checked out the store as a precaution, but found nothing.

The theft suspect, meanwhile, remains at large.

Earlier Thursday a man who entered a Walmart in Springfield, Mo., carrying a rifle with 100 rounds of ammunition and wearing body armor, also triggered a panic.

He didn’t fire any shots and surrendered without incident when an off-duty firefighter confronted him at gunpoint.

Dmitriy Andreychenko, 20, was in the Greene County, Miss., Jail Friday.

Some residents here and around the country are indisputably on edge after the El Paso shooting, a mass shooting Sunday in Dayton, Ohio in which a gunman killed nine people and injured 27 others before police killed him, and a shooting on July 30 at a Walmart store in Southaven, Miss., in which a disgruntled employee killed two store managers,