DALLAS (AP) — Panicked shoppers rushed out of Dallas mall on Memorial Day after a man banged a skateboard on the ground in the food court and made hand gestures as if he was shooting, police said.
“That sound obviously caused a panic,” Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said. “When the crowd started running the individual focused on that and then began doing hand gestures as if he was shooting into the the crowd, which then further escalated the situation.”
Garcia said police got a call at 1:27 p.m. Monday reporting an active shooter at NorthPark Center.
He said that within three minutes, off-duty officers at the mall had confronted the man. On-duty officers responded a minute later.