Walmart Employee Shoots Co-Worker After Fight About Gender Transition
The shooter felt threatened after an argument about transitioning from a man to a woman.
An employee at a Pennsylvania Walmart is under arrest after he shot a co-worker four times over an argument concerning gender transitioning. Police say Zachary Thomas McClimans, 22, got into a dispute with fellow employee Jayson Hall, after McClimans announced his intention to transition from a man to a woman. McClimans told police that Hall became threatening following the discussion. McClimans raised the issue with store management, who he said failed to act. That’s when McClimans took matters into his own hands, and shot Hall.
McClimans said he used his grandfather’s .380-caliber pisto gun to shoot Hall four times inside the Hermitage, Pennsylvania Walmart. He then followed him into the store’s back storage area to watch him fall as his other co-workers fled the area. McClimans was sitting inside his van when police arrived and went into custody. He was charged with attempted murder in the first and third degree and aggravated assault. Despite his intentions to transition to the opposite sex, McClimans was booked into jail as a male.
Walmart superstores have become the scene of a variety of crimes over the past several years. In an email, spokesman Charles Crowson said, “Our thoughts are with the associate who was injured. The other associate involved has been terminated. We're continuing to gather all of the facts and work closely with law enforcement." Shooting victim Hall survived the attack and is currently in stable condition in a Youngstown, Ohio hospital.