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Man accused of threatening to shoot up a Walmart said he was ‘intrigued’ by recent shootings

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A 31-year-old is facing a felony charge for threatening to shoot up a Gibsonton Walmart.

Hillsborough deputies say 31-year-old Wayne Padgett called in the threat around 1:17 p.m. Sunday, reportedly telling a Walmart employee he was 5 minutes away and was going to shoot up the store located on Gibsonton Drive.

Sheriff Chad Chronister said Padgett admitted to making the call and admitted “he was intrigued with the shootings over the last couple of days.”

Deputies said Padgett lives near the Walmart and his mother evens works at the store. She was working during the time of the call.

No firearms were located at Padgett’s home. He is unemployed and has no criminal history.

Chronister said they are not taking any threats lightly, especially given the recent tragedies across the nation.

“After the events over the last week, we all fear for our safety to begin with so to have an individual who for whatever reason wants to be a copycat, or wants to still fear in people for whatever that motive may be is disturbing,” he said. “If you make any type of threat, know that your sheriff’s office is going to take it extremely seriously, expend whatever resources in a timely fashion to find that threat.”

Padgett now faces a felony count of false report of use a firearm in a violent manner.


Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.