Disgruntled Walmart worker took on ‘Goliath’

RENO — A disgruntled Walmart employee decided to “take on Goliath” the night before he is alleged to have shot three of his managers and barricaded himself in the store for six hours, according to court documents released Tuesday.

A probable cause declaration, filed in Justice Court and first reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal, indicated John Gillane believed the Walmart superstore in Reno where he worked for the past nine years as his “Goliath.”

According to the document, Gillane intended to use two handguns to confront managers in an office and force them to contact the corporate office so he could have a dialogue about his unspecified grievances.

Gillane, 45, confronted one manager at gunpoint in an office, court records show. He then made the man call over two other managers, according to the document.

Police say all three managers were shot Friday as they fled down a hallway.

Two victims shot in the torso remained in stable condition at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. A third was released from the hospital after treatment Friday. They have requested that their names not be released.

During interviews with police, Gillane said he had personal, financial and work-related problems, the court document revealed.

He expressed frustration with Walmart management, specifically two of the men he’s accused of shooting. The third manager was a man Gillane said he liked, although the man was shot twice.

“Gillane stated that he had almost not followed through with his plan because he realized he would go to jail and not be able to see his daughter and would be fired,” the document read. “Nonetheless, Gillane said he determined to carry out his plan and then turn himself into police.”

Gillane, who worked in the store’s receiving department most recently, remains in the Washoe County jail on three counts of attempted murder and battery. He has declined media interviews until he retains an attorney.

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