News sites lit up with excitement Memorial Day afternoon with reports of a shooting at NorthPark Center, located at North Central Expressway and Northwest Highway in Dallas.
Reports of a mall evacuation, crowd panic and the arrest of a single “assailant” turned out to be correct.
Reports of a “shooting” turned out to be wrong.
Eventually, Dallas police reported that the gunshot sounds were caused by a mentally unstable person banging a skateboard on the floor somewhere near the mall’s food court, the Dallas Morning News reports. The unidentified person also made “hand gestures mimicking” a gun toward mall patrons, the News reported.
The individual was taken to a hospital for evaluation, police told the News. No other injuries were reported, and many streamed back into the mall once the situation ended.