VALRICO, Fla. – A Florida man is charged with threatening to open fire inside a Walmart, one day after a gunman killed more than 20 people inside a Texas store.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested Wayne Lee Padgett, 31, of Valrico late Sunday. He is accused of calling the Walmart Supercenter in Gibsonton, Florida, on Sunday afternoon and telling managers he planned to shoot up the store. About 1,000 people were inside the store, which was evacuated.
Investigators said they traced the call to Padgett. No gun was found at his house near Tampa.