A man was arrested for making an active shooter threat to the Gibsonton walmart earlier this morning. Wayne Lee Padget was charged with making a false report of using a firearm in a violent manner. Would he actually hit anything though? Which eye would he aim with?
We have arrested Wayne Lee Padgett for making an active shooter threat to the Gibsonton @Walmart earlier today. He is charged with False Report Of Using A Firearm In A Violent Manner. pic.twitter.com/rEIKnLipRQ
— Chad Chronister (@ChadChronister) August 5, 2019
According to Fox News Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Walmart on Gibsonton Drive just before 1:30 p.m. after a man called and said he was going to “shoot up” the store. Deputies said they evacuated the building out of an abundance of caution.
Hours later, police traced the call to 31-year-old Wayne Lee Padgett.
Sheriff Chad Chronister said Padgett’s mother works at that Walmart location.
“These criminals that seek to make us afraid to go shopping, to the movies, concerts, work and school are nothing but terrorists,” Chronister said. “This type of behavior will not be tolerated. We will pursue justice to the fullest extent of the law.”