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Wisconsin man accused of threatening workplace shooting

August 22, 2019
In this undated booking photo provided by the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office is Kevin Pinkham. Pinkham, from Eau Claire, Wis., is charged with threatening to shoot up his workplace in Eau Claire. A criminal complaint filed in Eau County Circuit Court says Pinkham told a co-worker at Menards Distribution Center on Aug. 15, 2019 that he planned to "shoot up the place." Officials say four rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found at Pinkham's home, along with a pistol and ammunition in his car. (Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office via AP)
In this undated booking photo provided by the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office is Kevin Pinkham. Pinkham, from Eau Claire, Wis., is charged with threatening to shoot up his workplace in Eau Claire. A criminal complaint filed in Eau County Circuit Court says Pinkham told a co-worker at Menards Distribution Center on Aug. 15, 2019 that he planned to "shoot up the place." Officials say four rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found at Pinkham's home, along with a pistol and ammunition in his car. (Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office via AP)

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — A distribution center employee is charged with threatening to shoot up his workplace in western Wisconsin.

A criminal complaint filed in Eau County Circuit Court says 31-year-old Kevin Pinkham told a co-worker at Menards Distribution Center on Aug. 15 that he planned to “shoot up the place.”

The complaint says Pinkham admitted to texting his girlfriend that he was going to kill everyone but told investigators it was a joke.

Officials say four rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found at Pinkham’s home in Eau Claire, along with a pistol and ammunition in his car. Pinkham is charged with making terrorist threats and disorderly conduct. Bond has been set at $10,000 cash.

Pinkham’s public defender, Mark Austin, declined comment.

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