Police detain man found in NC mall with rifle, ammunition

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say they have detained a man walking through a mall with an assault rifle, a bulletproof vest, and multiple rounds of ammunition.

Lt. Todd Joyce said the man was detained at the entrance of the Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville on Thursday evening after first being spotted in a Macy’s store at the shopping center. The store was evacuated and some other businesses in the mall closed their doors briefly while officers searched the rest of the mall for a second armed person. No one else was found.

Joyce said the man was in custody and that charges were pending. He did not release any other details, including the man’s identity, or whether he was believed to have posed any threat.

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