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Walmart shooter stole a friend’s gun, investigators say

Tim Day, 44, opened fire at a Walmart in Washington state on Sunday. He was allegedly a convicted felon who was not allowed to have a gun.

(Washington Department of Corrections)

A man who opened fire at a Walmart Supercenter in the state of Washington, on Sunday was allegedly a convicted felon and was not allowed to have a gun.

Tim Day, 44, was killed in the Tumwater store in the parking lot by a pastor after he shot a man after trying to steal his car.

ARMED MAN WHO SHOT, KILLED WALMART SHOOTER IS A PASTOR, REPORT SAYS

Day, according to KOMO, a convicted felon who served several prison sentences. He is reported to have been stolen from his fiancée’s gun before he started a car-jacking rampage, about 30 km southwest of Tacoma.

The police told the news station it is unclear whether the Day fiance would be held liable if there was no law that obligated them to lock up her guns.

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“At this moment we are not sure what his motive was,” Laura Wohl, from the Tumwater Police Department, said. “There are some indications that he might be experiencing a bit of paranoia and was not sure if his car and his situation were safe.”

Authorities say that the Day’s rampage began after he apparently botched car-jacking in a family at a gas station in Olympia. He fled the scene and was later seen driving erratically before crashing into another car in Tumwater.

After crashing his car, the Day “attempted to carjack at least two other vehicles, shot at the vehicles, and demanded the owners stop their cars.”

CARJACKING SUSPECT DEAD OUTSIDE WALMART STORE AFTER ARMED CITIZENS IN ACTION, POLICE SAY

Day eventually carjacked a vehicle in which he drove to Walmart, where he went in and “fired at a locked ammo display case, removed a lot of ammo and leave the store.”

The man tried to carjack another person, identified by KOMO as Rickey Fievez, and shot the driver two times when he does not meet his requirements.

Two Walmart shoppers legally carrying a firearm walked to the parking lot after hearing the gun shots, and the 47-year-old pastor shot Day, police said.

Fievez was undergoing spinal surgery in a hospital on Tuesday and is reportedly paralyzed from the neck down. His son, Tyler, told the news station the bystander who shot Day “is a hero. That guy could have killed both my parents and many more people.”

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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