Police have positioned a person who allegedly informed a Walmart salesperson that he was searching for one thing “that may kill 200 folks.”
The alleged incident occurred on Wednesday Aug. 7, simply 4 days after a mass shooting at a Walmart in Texas that left 22 folks useless and greater than two dozen others injured.
The suspicious request was reported at a Walmart in Port St. Lucie, Florida, at round 7:11 p.m.
The Port St. Lucie police acquired a tip that helped determine the person as 55-year-old Philip Michael Attey II, who’s from Port St. Lucie.
Attey approached a gross sales clerk and allegedly requested “are you able to promote me something (or a gun) that may kill 200 folks?” in accordance with the police press launch.
The gross sales clerk, who was working within the sporting items division, replied, “that is not humorous,” police mentioned.
Attey then allegedly replied “I do know,” earlier than asking once more if there was one thing he could possibly be bought that may kill 200 folks.
Attey then left the shop, positioned on Freeway 1 in Port St. Lucie.
Throughout an interview with detectives, Attey mentioned he’s an anti-gun activist and that he believes his statements made to the Walmart clerk in entrance of a buyer “solely helps his trigger which is for Walmart to cease promoting firearms,” police mentioned.
Authorities don’t take into account Attey a right away menace and he was not arrested or charged. An investigation is ongoing.
There have been two different incidents at Walmart shops in little over every week, including an incident at a in Mississippi Walmarts, the place two throughout the nation, the deadliest being the capturing on the El Paso retailer of the shop’s staff had been shot and killed by an ex-employee, and a scare at a Walmart in Louisiana the place two males who had been arguing pulled weapons on one another, sparking chaos amongst panicked prospects.
There was widespread discuss of staff discussing a walk-out or sick-out in protest of the corporate persevering with to promote weapons of their shops. A Change.org petition on the matter has greater than 46,000 signatories.
ABC Information’ Julia Jacobo contributed to this report.