N.C. mall gunman was soldier headed to photo shoot

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fayetteville Police say a heavily armed man arrested at the Cross Creek Mall was actually a soldier who was planning to have photographs taken with the military equipment.

25-year-old Bryan Scott Wolfinger now faces a charge of Going Armed to the Terror of the Public.

Fayetteville Police say they rushed to the mall at around 6:30 PM Thursday night, after several people called 911 to report a gunman at the shopping center. There were “multiple reports of a subject armed with an assault rifle walking through Macy’s,” says a news release. Wolfinger was soon found and arrested in an entrance near the Macy’s wing.

Police say he was heavily armed. Officials say Wolfinger was wearing a military ballistic panel carrier, and had an AR-15 rifle with multiple ammunition magazines.

Reports of a possible second gunman caused officers searched the entire mall, but officials determined Wolfinger “was acting alone.”

Wolfinger was processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center released to his superiors at Fort Bragg.

This booking photo provided Friday, July 3, 2015, by the Fayetteville (N.C.) Police Department shows Bryan Scott Wolfinger, charged with creating a panic at a North Carolina mall after appearing there with an assault rifle and other military gear. (Fayetteville Police Department via AP)
This booking photo provided Friday, July 3, 2015, by the Fayetteville (N.C.) Police Department shows Bryan Scott Wolfinger, charged with creating a panic at a North Carolina mall after appearing there with an assault rifle and other military gear. (Fayetteville Police Department via AP)
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