HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) – The man who police say opened fire on an employee at the Wal-Mart on Hermitage Road was arraigned in Mercer County Court Friday.
Zachary Thomas McClimans, 22, of Sharon, is charged with two counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault, theft, having a firearm without a license and reckless engagement, in the shooting of an employee inside the store Thursday night.
His bond was set at $500,000.
Police say McClimans quit his job at the store earlier in the day and came back at about 10:30 that night and shot the employee four times.
According to a police report, McClimans was transitioning gender and told his co-workers about it. He says the victim, identified as Jayson Hall, became enraged and threatened him.
Wal-Mart was investigating the threat, but McClimans said no action had been taken so he stole a gun from his grandfather and shot the co-worker, according to the report.
When officers arrived, they found Hall with four gunshot wounds inside the store.
Customers and employees told police the shooter was still at the store, directing them to the parking lot.
“Numerous people were directing officers to a vehicle in the parking lot. They were indicting that the shooter was in one of the vehicles,” said Hermitage Police Chief Eric Jewell.
Officers approached the vehicle and found McClimans sitting inside, according to Jewell. Police say he had a gun with him and it was taken into evidence.
McClimans was arrested at the scene, where he surrendered to police.