Man from Glendale mall rumored shooting released; no evidence of weapon or gunshots fired

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Side view of a Glendale police vehicle.
Side view of a Glendale police vehicle.

The man who was taken into custody after reports of a possible shooting at Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale on Sunday afternoon has since been released.

Glendale police officers responded to reports of a person with a gun at Arrowhead Towne Center just after 4 p.m., according to police spokesperson Sgt. Randy Stewart.

Because police received additional information that possible gunshots had been fired, the mall was evacuated, Stewart said.

A description of the suspect was provided to police who managed to detain the man after he exited the mall, Stewart said.

Police later determined that the incident ensued after a food court employee got into an argument with three customers. The employee exited the mall to retrieve a gun from his vehicle and returned to confront the individuals with the gun holstered.

After a witness yelled there was a gun, several chairs were knocked over as customers began to flee the food court which created a sound that mimicked gunfire, Stewart said.

The other three individuals believed to be involved have not been located.

Witness testimony, surveillance video, and police investigation determined that no gunshots were ever fired nor was a weapon produced, Stewart said.

Because the man did not display the weapon, there are no charges pending, Stewart said.

Reach breaking news reporter Amaris Encinas at amaris.encinas@arizonarepublic.com or on Twitter @amarisencinas.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Man from Glendale mall rumored shooting released; no evidence of shots

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