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Man arrested at Walmart speaks out

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CNN (KYTV) -- The man who recently walked into a Missouri Walmart fully armed says he meant no harm. 

Authorities arrested the 20-year-old and charged him with making a terrorist threat. 

He admits doing what he did so soon after the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio was a mistake, but he doesn't regret it. 

"I didn't think that anyone was going to get scared."

Dmitriy Andreychenko dressed in fatigues and armed with a tactical rifle, a pistol, and 100 rounds of ammo walked into the Walmart Neighborhood Market to take advantage of his 2nd Amendment right and Missouri law to carry a gun openly. 

He says at first people didn't seem alarmed, but then the fire alarm was pulled. 

"No one looked like they were scared. No one looked frightened. There was no one screaming, no one was getting trampled. It just looked like a very civil evacuation of the building," said Andreychenko.

He says at first he didn't realize the mass exodus was because of him until he found himself held at gunpoint by a well-trained military veteran and concealed carry permit holder. 

"It was foolish. I mean, I didn't give it thought." 

He also says the shootings in El Paso and Dayton that were fresh in most people's minds never entered his mind, and now he regrets his timing. 

"I just want people to know that I'm not a bad person. I would never ever hurt anyone." 

Andreychenko says he now realizes he could have been shot. 

"Praise God that he was trained, and that he was able to see that I wasn't threatening anyone, and he didn't didn't shoot me." 

Walmart released a statement saying, "This was a reckless act designed to scare people, disrupt our business, and we're thankful no one was injured."

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