Police Release Photos Of Wal-Mart Gunman

By: Bill Wilson
By: Bill Wilson

Jacksonville police today released chilling photographs of a gunman who terrorized employees over the weekend.

The one photograph shows the gunman, who police identified as Elijah Payne, holding the gun at hip level inside the store. His face is painted black.

Police say Payne, who worked at the Yopp Road Wal-Mart, went out on a break and returned with his darkened face and armed with the shotgun.

Payne is accused of holding some 15 people hostage in the store's break room, before another employee managed to wrestle the gun away from him.

Several shots were fired, but no one was injured.

Police say the gun, a 12 gauge sawed-off shotgun, was purchased last Thursday at Jacksonville's other Wal-Mart, on Highway 17.

Payne is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction. He's due in court again on April 14th.

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