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Fired Walmart Worker Shoots Three, Surrenders to Police

Fired Walmart Worker Shoots Three, Surrenders to Police

John Dennis Gillane

Contra Costa Times via YellowBrix

October 30, 2010

RENO, Nev.—A gunman who police said was about to be fired surrendered Friday after shooting three co-workers at a Walmart store in Nevada in a possible retaliation attack, authorities said.

The peaceful surrender capped a six-hour standoff during which police negotiators said they spoke by telephone with 45-year-old John Dennis Gillane as he was holed up in an office in the store.

Gillane was taken into custody and will be charged with three counts of attempted murder, Reno police Lt. Mohammad Rafaqat said.

No shots were fired after the three male victims, including a manager, were wounded shortly after 8:30 a.m., police said.

“I’m very happy he is out and the situation didn’t escalate,” Rafaqat said. “We convinced him the best move was to surrender.”

Rafaqat did not know how many shots were fired or whether anything was said at the time of the shootings.

“Today was going to be the day he was going to address his employment situation,” he said.

Police had not established a motive for the shooting but suspect it was related to the termination, Reno Deputy Police Chief Mike Whan said.

“He’s not admitting that right now, but we can assume that,” Whan said.

Rafaqat said investigators had not determined if the manager who was shot was Gillane’s supervisor. The shootings apparently took place in rapid succession near a management office, he added.


Police set up a command center outside the Fire creek Crossing Walmart in south Reno after reports of multiple shootings inside the store on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. A gunman allegedly shot three employees who have been hospitalized with non-life threatenin

A SWAT team entered the store more than three hours before the surrender of Gillane, who police believe had a handgun.

One victim was treated and released, Rafaqat said. Another was in critical but stable condition, and the third was in serious condition.

“The prognosis is good for all of them,” said Dan Fogleman, a spokesman for Wal-mart Stores Inc. He provided no further details.

Fogleman also declined to comment on Gillane’s possible pending termination or his relationship with the victims.

Lorenzo Lopez, another spokesman for Wal-mart Stores Inc. in Bentonville, Ark., said the company would not comment on personnel matters and had no new information on the shooting victims.

Employees were taken to the parking lot of a sporting goods store next to the Walmart and interviewed by police detectives.

Walmart managers directed employees not to talk to the media and referred inquiries to the company’s media relations department.

Earlier, Washoe County deputies, Sparks police and the FBI had joined Reno police in sweeping the store to be sure there were no hostages.

Jack McDonald, 64, of Reno said he works as a greeter at the store but was not there during the shooting.

“There are some strange people who work here, but I can’t think of one who would be a vicious enough person to do something like this,” McDonald said. “This has to be a personal thing.”

McDonald, a neighbor of the store’s general manager, said the shootings shocked him.

“I’ve never worked for a place I’ve enjoyed so much,” he said. “All the managers treat us fairly and professionally. I can’t think of a single person in the store who deserves this.”

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    almost 4 years ago


    Terrible. Great negotiator team to get him out peacefully though....

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I pray for each victim and their families.

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    almost 4 years ago


    Prayers for the victims to make a full recovery.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    His photo says an awful lot! Myprayers to the injured families

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    almost 4 years ago


    Umm, PSD, not so much...just like any other type of company, you fudge up, you get terminated, you sometimes get hostile, and want to blame someone else for your misfortune....This is why I took gun safety classes.... I admit, I get worried when I go to work, wondering if some jack-o-lantern is gonna get cheesed because they were getting fired...and yes 70_101, they do

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Whether this happened at Wal Mart,Target, or any other store, this is sad. My prayers for the victims.

  • Mcso_patch_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    PSD...Im pretty sure your right, I was thinking the same thing...and rickm do they even do background checks?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    somtimes it seems like Walmart employs only the mentally ill

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Glad no one else was hurt and that the victims will recover.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    i wonder how he passed the background check

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Every day event.......Sad

  • Native_clip_art_4_049_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Prayers to the victims and their families.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    prayer go out to the family and friends

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Fully agree Top...Praying for the victims,

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Prayers for a full and speedy recovery to all the victims.

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