Justified panic hit Independence Center on Sunday after patrons witnessed a suspect holding a very real looking toy gun.
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Credit to crime fighter Alonzo Washington for sharing witness accounts from the scene that offer a better picture of how this drama unfolded.
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Independence Center Police also deserve a shout out for taking the suspect into custody without serious injury as this demonstration could have ended with tragic consequences.
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Jackson County prosecutors say the suspect was involved in a fight Sunday with two others at the mall.
Court documents said surveillance video shows him standing in the food court with a toy gun, pointing toward the roof and then pointing it at at least two people.
According to court records, during police questioning, he told detectives that he brought the toy gun to the mall "for attention so he could tell people what he really wanted to say."
No one was hurt.
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