Crime

Mississippi Man Allegedly Detonates Bomb At Walmart

| by Daniel Rivera
Marshall W. LeonardMarshall W. Leonard

A Mississippi man has been charged, after allegedly detonating a bomb at a Walmart store, reports the Clarion-Ledger.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, 61-year-old Marshall Leonard pulled up to the store in North Gloster, Mississippi, at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 1. 

“A white male got out, lit the package and threw it in the vestibule,” Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre said. “There was an employee on break, and the suspect told him, ‘You better run.’"

“The employee did run and was away from harm when the package went off. It wasn’t a large explosion. It didn’t cause a lot of damage to the store,” continued Aguirre.

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No injuries were reported from the incident, and investigators have sent the remaining pieces of the homemade explosive to a crime lab for further analysis.

Leonard was detained by authorities for during a traffic violation, where police determined he was the suspect in the bombing.

Leonard spoke out against Walmart on Oct. 28 on Facebook after the retail giant stopped selling items containing the Confederate flag, “Journal corporate, you are on final warning,” he wrote. “You are part of the problem. As a result of this, y’all are going down, along with Walmart, WTVA, Reeds department store, and all the rest of the anti-American crooks. I’m not kidding. No messing around anymore!”

Sources: The Clarion-Ledger / Photo credit: Lee County Jail