Bond set for man who allegedly threatened to shoot gun, complained of ‘illegal immigrants’ at SC Walmart

Bond set for man who allegedly threatened to shoot gun, complained of ‘illegal immigrants’ at SC Walmart
Richard Rushing is facing one charge of disorderly conduct (Source: Rueben J. Long detention center)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Bond has been set for the man accused of threatening to shoot a gun inside a Walmart.

60-year-old Richard Rushing also complained of “illegal immigrants” at the Wando Crossing Mount Pleasant location on Monday, according to the incident report.

Bond for Rushing was set at $257 Tuesday morning on a disorderly conduct charge.

Mount Pleasant police say Rushing was involved in a standoff at the shopping center on Monday afternoon.

Around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office stated they had been advised of Rushing making a threat to shoot a gun inside a Walmart.

Deputies said he was also threatening to harm himself.

According to the Charleston County incident report, Rushing initially called a mental health clinic in Columbia saying he was in Mount Pleasant and had had thoughts about killing people.

“He did not indicate a specific person or Walmart,” said Capt. Roger Antonio with the sheriff’s office."After he was identified, deputies and officers searched the area for him."

Rushing’s phone then pinged at East Cooper Medical Center. According to the report, a man matching Rushing’s description was sitting in the emergency room, but wasn’t there when officers arrived.

Police then received a complaint about “illegal immigrants” at the Walmart in the shopping center, the report stated, and were able to confirm the complaint came from Rushing’s phone.

A K-9 officer then found Rushing in his gold Lexus SUV in the Wando Crossing parking lot near the TJ Maxx after Rushing continued to call dispatch about “Mexicans without green cards" and gave a description of his car and location on Johnny Dodds Boulevard.

The report states that negotiators continued to try and talk him into leaving his vehicle but he continued to refuse while waving a knife and scissors.

Mount Pleasant police spokesman Chip Googe said the SWAT team deployed gas munitions into the vehicle, and the man later identified as Rushing came out where he was taken into custody by a K-9 unit and SWAT team members.

According to the Mount Pleasant SWAT commander cited in the incident report, Rushing was suggesting suicidal ideations and suicide-by-cop.

Googe said he doesn’t believe any more charges will be coming. He added no guns were found on him or in the vehicle.

He was transported by EMS to an area hospital after the incident, then booked into the Charleston County jail at 10:22 p.m.

Jail records from the Rueben J. Long detention center in Horry County indicate Rushing was arrested there back in June on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

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