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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  • by Bob Location: martin on Mar 27, 2008 at 06:51 AM
    Yes! thank God that nobody was hurt, but I will tell you one thing. This fellow looks like he has played a part in the night of the living dead movie.
  • by wanda miller Location: kenansville, nc on Mar 27, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    People want the media attention some even crave for it. I believe that the media is partially to blame. Am I the only logical people who notice a copy cat in every publized re-cap of these horrible acts against the public. People such as this young man or others who has successfully terrorized the public are not accepting accountability or responsibilities for their behavior or actions-they are quick to shift the blame as to y they do or did this type of an act. I believe that these types of individuals should be made an example-if or when you decide to do this---it will be hell for you at the end even in death and without excuses to validate unlawful behavior or acts.
  • by Maria Location: Tampa on Mar 26, 2008 at 11:39 AM
    He was charged with "manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction"? What in the world IS that?

    EDITOR'S COMMENT: In North Carolina, legally a sawed-off shotgun is considered a weapon of mass destruction.
  • by mike Location: north carolina on Mar 26, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    i'm glad no one was hurt i hope he goes to jail for a long time, we don't need his kind out walking around our kids
  • by Keith on Mar 26, 2008 at 09:14 AM
    Im glad no one was hurt or killed. Im glad the guy is in jail. Lets move on to something else. I am tired of seeing his face on the news. I am sure there is something else out there more interesting now.
  • by concerned citizen Location: Duplin County on Mar 26, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    This should be an outright act of terriorism! This should not be a slap on the wrist. This person should be punished to the full extent of the law! He could have hurt a lot of people! If he gets away with a slap on the wrist we will see more events like this in the future it would be very detremental to this area. I have never not felt safe shopping, visiting, etc. Since this has happened...I know it sounds silly but I don't even want to go shopping. I think about copy cat crimes and such that they talk about in the news. What is happening in our country. It saddens me that my children are growing up in a world where innocents is no longer. When I was little the biggest thing that we were afraid of was the dark. Now the boogie man can terroize them at a local walmart store. Times have surely changed.
  • by Doug Location: Greenville on Mar 26, 2008 at 08:55 AM
    This looks like a scene out of a bad super violent movie.. Thank Goodness for that employee that disarmed him... and the fact no one was hurt

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