Reno Wal-Mart Shooter in Custody, Charged With Attempted Murder

By: Sami Davies Email
By: Sami Davies Email

RENO, NV - Reno police have confirmed the alleged shooter of three at a Reno Wal-Mart is in custody following a standoff that began Friday morning.

John Gillane surrendered without incident and is charged with three counts of attempted murder.

Reno police Lt. Mohammad Rafqat said,"I'm very happy he is out and the situation didn't escalate. We convinced him the best move was to surrender."

Police say it all started when Gillane shot three male employees, then barricaded himself inside a back office of the Wal-Mart on Kietzke Lane.

At least nine heavily-armed officers entered the store, and police spent about two hours negotiating with Gillane before he finally surrendered. Police arrested Gillane and confiscated his handgun.

One of the victims was critically wounded, but "the prognosis is good for all of them," said Dan Fogleman, a spokesman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The victims were all rushed to Renown Medical Center. One victim has been released from the hospital, but the other two are still being treated for injuries. Police have yet to release their identities.

Police say Gillane was still a worker at the shopping center when the shootings began. Discussions were to take place Friday morning about his possible termination. Police say there’s still no clear motive, and the incident is still under investigation.

The store was evacuated soon after authorities surrounded the establishment following reports of shots fired. Many employees loaded onto RTC buses.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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