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Sharon man held for trial for Hermitage Walmart shooting

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A magistrate has declared that there is enough evidence to put a Sharon man on trial for allegedly shooting a Walmart co-worker for making negative comments about his decision to undergo a transgender transformation.

A hearing was held in district court Tuesday for 22-year-old Zachary T. McClimans who faces six charges including attempted murder and aggravated assault.

McClimans has been jailed since November 3, when he allegedly shot a co-worker four times.

According to a criminal complaint, McClimans recently told his co-workers at the Hermitage Walmart that he was beginning the process of changing gender from male to female.

McClimans told police that the co-worker, Jayson Hall, had expressed his displeasure with the decision and had made a comment to McClimans at work shortly before the shooting.

McClimans says he wanted to keep Hall from threatening or hurting him.

Police say that McClimans shot Hall four times before police arrested him in the parking lot of the store, which was locked down overnight.

Hall was flown by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Medical Center where he was treated for his wounds.

Magistrate Ronald Antos reduced bond for McClimans from $500,000 to $300,000.

McClimans faces formal arraignment in Mercer County Common Pleas Court on January 31.

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