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Cops: Walmart worker shoots colleague after threat over gender transition

HERMITAGE, Pa. – An employee at a Walmart shot a fellow employee after an ongoing dispute about the alleged shooter transitioning from male to female, officials tell CBS affiliate KDKA.

Zachary Thomas McClimans, 22, is suspected of shooting Jayson Hall four times around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. Hall was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngtown, Ohio, where he was reportedly last listed in stable condition.

According to police, McClimans told co-workers about transitioning from male to female, and Hall became offended and threatened McClimans before the shooting, the station reports.

Witnesses spotted McClimans sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot when police arrived. McClimans is facing a list of charges including attempted murder in the first and third degree and aggravated assault.

“There was some pandemonium, as would be expected, but overall I think people evacuated the building got customers out, got everyone to a safe area,” said Hermitage Police Chief Eric Jewell.

No other injuries were reported and the store reopened around 4 a.m.

The store released the following statement about the incident:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our associate at this time. The store remains closed, and we will continue working with local law enforcement.”

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