ROANOKE, Va. — Both 911 calls reporting a man with a rifle at Valley View Mall in Roanoke were from security officers at the retail complex — one relaying a secondhand report, the other watching a 40-minute-old surveillance video, according to emergency call recordings. The first call, from a mall guard at 5:05 p.m. Monday, reported that another mall worker had seen a man with “a big assault rifle.”
The second call, at 5:37 p.m., was from a Macy’s loss prevention detective, who breathlessly told a police dispatcher, “It definitely was an assault rifle.” The calls sent dozens of city and state police swarming the mall and prompted an evacuation and a failed 10-hour search of the region’s largest shopping complex.
The man who was subject of the hunt came forward Tuesday and showed a city detective the black umbrella he had been carrying against Monday’s predicted rain.
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Wow people are so scared for their lives they are even calling the cops on umbrellas.
I need to be careful not to wear black jeans to the mall, someone might think I have to assault rifles for legs like in that Tarantino movie Grindhouse.
Hat tip: Billy V.