Police nab 7 at Texas mall after robbery scare panics shoppers
McALLEN, Texas — Glass cases being smashed during an attempted robbery Saturday at a jewelry store in a Texas mall were misconstrued as gunfire and sent people running for the exits, authorities and witnesses said.
Seven people were taken into custody at the La Plaza Mall in McAllen, police Chief Victor Rodriguez said.
Dozens of other people could be seen running from the mall while many others inside rushed to the exits or sought cover amid the confusion.
Several law enforcement agencies responded to the scene, including officers from the McAllen Police Department, Hidalgo County sheriff’s office and Texas Department of Public Safety.
The border mall is one of the primary shopping centers in the Rio Grande Valley.