Armed man offering to help is detained at NC mall, witnesses say

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — During the height of the confusion on Saturday afternoon, witnesses say they saw police detain a man who came to Crabtree Valley Mall with a rifle after the initial call went out.


Gavin Stone tells WNCN this happened near the entrance to the parking garage along Creedmoor Road after calls about possible gunshots inside Crabtree Valley Mall were dispatched.

He says the man walked up, wearing military-style clothing and carrying a large rifle.

Stone says the man indicated he wanted to help police with the situation.

Dan Bullard, who took photos of the incident, also described the man as wanting to help and said the rifle was an M4.

Stone describes what happened next.

“Police officer confronted him, pulled his gun out on him, told him to put it down. He starts taking it apart, put his hands down on his knees and got detained,” Stone said.

Stone says no one was injured when all of this happened.

Police have not identified the man involved and it is unclear if he faces any charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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