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Man accused of threatening local Walmart arrested

The sheriff's office warned that copycats would be punished.

GIBSONTON, Fla. — A 31-year-old man was arrested after Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said he admitted to threatening he was going to "shoot up" a local Walmart Sunday.

Chronister said Wayne Lee Padgett admitted to calling the Gibsonton Walmart. Chronister said the man told them he was “intrigued” by the shootings this weekend.

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Chronister said the Padgett's mother worked at that Walmart.

Padgett is charged with a felony count of false report of using a firearm in a violent manner. 

Chronister said this kind of behavior wouldn't be tolerated. 

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