Popping Balloons Sparked Panic at Boca Mall (Video)

Julius Wingham II
Palm Beach Post
(October 17, 2019)

Fears of an armed gunman led Town Center at Boca Raton to shut down Sunday afternoon. One person was injured in the rush to leave the mall.

BOCA RATON – Panic, confusion and the popping of not one balloon but two marked the first moments of what was thought to be an active gunman event at Town Center at Boca Raton on Sunday, according to 911 audio and video recordings city police released Thursday.

“I think there’s a shooting,” one woman calling from the Neiman Marcus store, just off the mall food court from where the booming sounds emanated, told city dispatchers.

“We’re in Boca Town Center mall, we don’t know what’s going on. . . . People are just running,” reported another woman calling from the Grand Lux Cafe, near an entrance on Town Center’s north side.

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