Dmitriy Andreychenko is accused of bringing more than 100 rounds of ammunition, a rifle, a handgun and body armor to a Missouri Walmart. The incident occurred on August 8 in the city of Springfield, 160 miles south of Kansas City at the Walmart Neighborhood Market. The store is located along Republic Road in the city.
The Springfield Police Department’s Lt. Mike Lucas said in the press release, “He walked in here, heavily armed with body armor on, in military fatigues, and caused a great amount of panic inside the store… Obviously, what’s happened in Texas and Dayton and all that kind of stuff in the last seven days – that’s on everybody’s mind.”
On August 3, a gunman in an El Paso Walmart shot-and-killed 22 people and injured dozens more. Less than 24 hours later, in Dayton, Ohio, a gunman Connor Betts killed nine people, including his sister, Megan Betts, in a bar in the city.
Speaking to the media, Lucas said that Andreychenko, 20, is “lucky he’s still alive.” Lucas added that Andreychenko surrendered shortly after he arrived at the Walmart after he was confronted by a former firefighter. No shots were fired during the incident.
Lucas added that officers were called to the store after getting reports of an active shooter. When officers arrived at the scene, Lucas said people could be seen hiding outside in the parking lot. He described the scene as being “pretty chaotic.”
A manager pulled a fire alarm during the incident and the store was evacuated. Andreychenko was held at a fire exit as he tried to leave by the armed firefighter.
Andreychenko’s motivations have not been made public at the time of writing. Lt. Lucas did say, “His intent was not to cause peace or comfort… He’s lucky he’s alive still, to be honest.” Online jail records show that Andreychenko is being accused of making a terroristic threat.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Andreychenko Says: ‘Love My God, Love My Guns’ & ‘It’s Official. I Hate Walmart’
Andreychenko wrote on his Instagram bio, “Love my God, Love my wife, Love my guns.” He then wrote Romans 1:16, a reference to a Bible verse that reads, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
In a Facebook post from February 2017, the suspect posted a photo of him wearing a t-shirt saying, “Jesus Is My Savior Not My Religion.” Andreychenko has shared memes on his Facebook page that are in favor of Donald Trump, critical of gun control and against Planned Parenthood.
Andreychenko also makes reference to “Molon labe,” a Latin phrase meaning “come and take them.” The phrase is commonly used by supporters of the second amendment in the United States.
In February 2019, Andreychenko wrote in a Facebook post, “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.”
2. On His Various Social Media Profiles, Andreychenko Says He Is Married
Andreychenko makes reference to his wife on his Instagram bio. Since the publication of this article, Andreychenko’s Instagram page has been set to private. While on his Facebook page, Andreychenko says he has been married since May 2016. The suspect’s wife appears to have given birth around this time.
In June 2019, Andreychenko wrote on Facebook, “This hunting duo is becoming a hunting trio.” His wife writes on the About section of her page, “Loving the married life.”
Prior to his arrest, Andreychenko posted a photo showing his wife on top of a hill with the caption, “Hiking is kinda fun.” The previous post showed a video of Andreychenko shooting an assault rifle. The picture before that showed two assault rifles laid out.
3. Andreychenko Says He Studied to Be an EMT
The suspect writes on his Facebook page that he studied to be an EMT at Ozarks Technical Community College. Andreychenko writes on that page that since May 2018, he has worked for Roadway Express LLC.
Andreychenko says he is from Portland, Oregon and is a resident of Springfield, Missouri. Andreychenko’s wife says on her Facebook page that she graduated from high school in Gresham, Oregon, 16 miles east of Portland.
According to Missouri law, making a terroristic threat is committing “the offense of making a terrorist threat in the second degree if he or she recklessly disregards the risk of causing the evacuation, quarantine or closure of any portion of a building, inhabitable structure, place of assembly or facility of transportation and knowingly.”
4. Andreychenko Was Seen Pushing a Shopping Cart Around the Walmart While Recording Himself on His Cellphone
Witnesses say that Andreychenko was recording himself on his cellphone while pushing a shopping cart through the Walmart store, KYTV reports. In a statement, Walmart said that, “The behavior of a customer was concernting to those inside our store and out of caution, law enforcement was contacted.”
The Springfield News-Leader reports that in addition to recording himself, the suspect was “making comments to people.” A witness told the newspaper that someone shouted at Andreychenko, “Why are you walking around in a tactical jacket carrying a rifle?” That witness added that the suspect told the police that he left his phone on for his own safety. The witness said Andreychenko “did not seem surprised. He did not seem angry. He looked like he had accomplished whatever he wanted to accomplish.”
One witness to the incident, Tammy Lea, told KYTV that she saw people running from the store while “screaming there was a gunman in the store, shooter in the store. I am still shaking. It is just terrifying.” While another witness, Julie Belew, told NBC News that she had just arrived at the store when she saw someone with their hands up and someone yelling at him, “Is that a real rifle?”
5. Missouri Is an Open Carry State
The National Rifle Association says on their website that Missouri is an open carry state, gun owners can bring their guns anywhere legally as long as they are not displayed in a threatening manner.
In response to recent shootings, Walmart has removed violent video games displays as well as hunting season videos from their stores. A company spokesperson, Tara House, told the Associated Press, “We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week.”