Posted: July 22, 2022, 03:13 AM.
Last updated on: July 22, 2022, 03:13 AM.
A loud noise at the popular Fashion Show mall in Las Vegas was mistaken for gunfire on Wednesday. It sparked panic among some shoppers and others at the Las Vegas Strip mall.
Bradley Thompson in a mugshot, pictured above. He allegedly threw rocks at the doors during the MGM Grand Saturday. Initially, the sound of breaking glass was thought to be gunfire. It sparked panic on the Las Vegas Strip. (Image: LVMPD)
Just four days earlier, visitors to the Strip fled after they too heard a loud noise from the MGM Grand that was initially thought to be gunfire. No shots were fired in either incident.
In both cases, rumors quickly arose on social media and through word of mouth from an active shooter. Fear led many to take cover or flee to safety.
The Fashion Show mall incident started after an alleged shoplifter stole an item from a store around 4 p.m. The suspect later “damaged retail properties,” police said.
Shoppers initially thought the sound of the damage resembled gunfire, KLAS, a local TV station, reported. The unnamed person suspected of the damage has been detained near the mall.
Earlier, around 10 p.m. Saturday, a disgruntled man allegedly threw rocks at glass doors in MGM Grand’s valet parking. Players and visitors to several casinos in the area thought it was gunfire.
It led to panic. A video has surfaced showing some people running. Others crouched by slot machines on a casino floor.
Within about half an hour, officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department posted a message on social media that there were no shots fired around the MGM Grand. The police also personally told people that everything was safe.
Alleged stone thrower wants respect
Police have arrested a man for throwing rocks. He was later identified as Bradley Thompson whose last known address was in Washington State.
It turns out he allegedly threw “medium-sized rocks” at the glass doors, KLAS said. The police spoke to him and the casino security.
Earlier on Saturday, Thompson was said to break into the casino. He returned and damaged the doors because he still felt “disrespected by guards” from the MGM property, KLAS added.
Thompson reportedly cursed and spat at guards, and was described as “extremely uncooperative,” KLAS said. He claims he was “handled” by guards when he was detained, KSNV, another local TV station, reported.
claims he swallowed glass
He told police he suffered lacerations to his lip, a nosebleed and pain when he swallowed broken glass, apparently when he was stopped by the guards.
The guards placed him in a waiting area. Metro police soon took him into custody. He was charged with destruction of property, police said.
He was seen on surveillance videos throwing the rocks, police said. Officers asked him if he had damaged the glass doors. Thompson replied, “he didn’t want to talk about it,” KSNV reported, citing his statement in a police report.
Metro agents took Thompson to the University Medical Center to be assessed by medical personnel. He appeared in court on Wednesday. His case was continued until August 3.
The cost to repair the glass at the MGM was estimated at $2,000, KSNV revealed.
The panic-induced incidents come after several mass shootings nationwide. Las Vegas experienced its own historic deadly mass shooting on the Strip in 2017. A gunman fired at concertgoers at a music festival.
More recently, on May 14, the Lovers & Friends music festival, which took place on the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, was temporarily halted after fear erupted among thousands of attendees. An unfounded shooting rumor resulted in some fleeing spectators being trampled.
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