A Dallas mall erupted in chaos after loud bangs were heard and people shouted that there was an active shooter inside. Police later determined it had been a person banging a skateboard on the floor.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie García told reporters in a media briefing on Monday that officers had responded to calls about an active shooter in the food court of the NorthPark Center Mall.
Videos posted to social media showed panicked shoppers running to the exits as an alarm blared out.
“As it turns out it was a mentally disturbed individual with a skateboard in the middle of the mall, or in the middle of the food court, who started pounding the skateboard on the floor. That sound obviously caused a panic,” explained García.
He said that the man then made gestures with his hands as if he were shooting into the crowd, which further exacerbated the panic.
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