A Florida man has been arrested for threatening a shooting at a Walmart just days after 22 people were killed at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Richard Clayton, 26, was arrested by Florida Department of Law Enforcement authorities on Friday in Winter Park after making an online threat last week, according to police.
Clayton made the threat on Facebook on Aug. 6, writing: “3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Don’t go to Walmart next week,” Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) said.
Clayton posted his message just three days after a gunman walked into a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and killed 22 people.
The investigation began on August 6 after Clayton made a threat on Facebook saying, “3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Don’t go to Walmart next week.”
Investigators say Clayton appears to believe in the white supremacist ideology and has a history of posting threats on Facebook using fictitious accounts.
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Clayton was charged with writing threats to kill or do bodily harm and booked in the Orange County Jail. He was held on $15,000 bond, according to online records.