Gun threat was false alarm at Boston area mall

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 19, 2011 12:53 PM

BOSTON (Reuters) - State police said there was no threat at a Boston area mall on Tuesday after a report of a man inside who appeared to be carrying a rifle.

Police said the man identified by witnesses was carrying an umbrella, not a rifle.

The man in question called police to report he was the person who had been seen at the mall, which was confirmed by surveillance footage, police said.

Police questioned the man and determined he was not carrying a weapon and there was no threat.

The Burlington Mall was evacuated on Tuesday morning after police received a report of a man inside Nordstrom's who appeared to be carrying a rifle, officials said.

The initial report came in to Burlington police around 10 a.m. local time.

Burlington is a suburb located roughly 15 miles north of Boston.

(Reporting by Lauren Keiper; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)