A 20-year-old man has been arrested after wielding an assault rifle and 100 rounds of ammunition while filming himself entering a Missouri Walmart on Thursday afternoon.
The frightening incident for shoppers occurred days after Dmitriy Andreychenko posted a video of himself firing an Anderson Arms AR-15 5.56 and six months after he posted that he hates the store’s policy of only selling firearms to those 21 and over.
In a February Facebook status update Andreychenko wrote: ‘It’s official. I hate Walmart. Apparently they won’t sell Rifle and shotgun ammo if your under 21. “New policy” However I can walk into the store with a loaded .40 and nobody says anything. What a joke.’
Panicked shoppers were sent fleeing when the man entered the store wearing a bullet proof vest and military-style clothing in Springfield, before he was stopped by a hero firefighter who held him at gunpoint.
Dmitriy Andreychenko, 20, was arrested at a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri after he turned up to the story carrying an assault rifle, gun and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition. Police said he was armed but no shots were fired
Andreychenko posted that he hates Walmart and that he can walk into a store ‘with a loaded .40 and nobody says anything’ in February
‘Mag dumping with the boys’: Dmitriy Andreychenko posted this on Instagram in June
After the 3150 W. Republic Road store manager pulled the fire alarm, the suspect escaped out of an emergency exit where the armed off-duty firefighter stopped him until police arrived.
Police later arrested ‘armed individual’ Andreychenko and say no shots were fired.
Cops told KSPR that he was filming himself while carrying the loaded rifle, another gun and ammunition and was making comments to shoppers as they fled the ‘chaotic’ scene.
Witness Julie Belew filmed his detainment by police and commented: ‘He did not seem surprised. He did not seem angry. He looked like he had accomplished whatever he wanted to accomplish.’
A social media profile for Andreychenko states: ‘Love my God, Love my wife, Love my guns’ and shows him practicing firing.
Cops said: ‘His intent was not to cause peace or comfort to anybody that was in the business here. In fact, he’s lucky he’s alive still, to be honest’
A witness said: ‘He did not seem surprised. He did not seem angry. He looked like he had accomplished whatever he wanted to accomplish’
Police said the man was held at gunpoint by an off-duty fireman who stopped him after he was seen pushing a cart around Walmart
‘New toys for my collection!’: He shared an Anderson Arms AR-15 5.56 picture on Instagram
Andreychenko appears to be from Portland, Oregon, married and his wife Angie states she is expecting ‘Baby Chenko’ in January 2020. Her profile states she has been married to the suspect since May 2016 and she appears to have two children, the eldest, aged four.
Lieutenant Mike Lucas told the Springfield News-Leader that the firefighter held the suspect at gunpoint, describing the scene as ‘chaotic’.
He said: ‘His intent obviously was to cause chaos here, and he did that.’
The incident happened five days after a mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart, left 22 people dead.
Lieutenant Lucas said Springfield police officers arrived on scene three minutes after the initial 911 call and described the suspect as ‘pretty stoic’ during initial police contact.
He said officers would be interviewing the suspect at the jail on Thursday to try to learn more about his motivations.
Andreychenko appears to be married and his wife Angie (pictured) says they are expecting ‘Baby Chenko’ in January 2020
‘Can’t wait for rifle season to start up again’: He posted this on Instagram in April
‘Merry Christmas ya filthy animals!’: He shared a snap in December of himself with a gift
It was a ‘really scary, dangerous situation,’ police at the scene told local news, adding that they would investigate the man’s social media accounts to try to determine if a threat was intended or if he was live-streaming.
‘His intent was not to cause peace or comfort to anybody that was in the business here,’ Lucas said. ‘In fact, he’s lucky he’s alive still, to be honest.’
Walmart issued a statement saying that the man’s behavior inside the store was ‘concerning’.
‘The behavior of a customer was concerning to those inside our store and out of caution, law enforcement was contacted. They quickly arrived, managed the situation without further incident and no one was injured,’ the statement read.
Julie Belew, from Springfield, told USA Today that she was just about to leave her car when she hear a commotion.
She said she heard someone say: ‘Why are you walking around in a tactical jacket carrying a rifle?’
‘He did not seem surprised. He did not seem angry. He looked like he had accomplished whatever he wanted to accomplish,’ she told the publication.
A fire marshal was called out to the scene to inspect the suspect’s car, a gray Mazda sedan, that was left in the parking lot to ensure there were no bombs on the vehicle.
It comes after Walmart confirmed on Thursday it would be removing violent video game displays and signs form its stores.
Calls for an ‘immediate action’ to remove ‘violent themes or aggressive behavior’ circulated following two recent incidents in their stores.
A Walmart spokesperson said: ‘We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment’.
Missouri is an ‘open carry’ state that allows people to openly carry firearms without a special permit, but there are some restrictions, for example, on convicted felons.
Springfield police posted about the incident on their Facebook page to make the public aware of the incident
Lieutenant Mike Lucas said it was clear the man’s intent was to cause chaos. ‘His intent was not to cause peace or comfort…He’s lucky he’s alive still, to be honest’
The incident happened five days after a gunman entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and opened fire, killing 22 people