Armed soldier who caused lockdown at NC mall was there for a movie photo shoot
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Police arrested a soldier carrying an AR-15 rifle and ammunition at a Fayetteville mall after officers received multiple reports of an armed man walking through a Macy’s department store.
Bryan Scott Wolfinger, 29, was tracked down within minutes near the Macy’s wing of the Cross Creek Mall on Thursday evening, according to police.
He was detained without incident and charged with “going armed to the terror of the public,” according to officials.
Authorities said Wolfinger is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and was carrying the rifle, a Kevlar vest and multiple ammunition magazines.
Wolfinger had just left a photo shoot at a portrait studio at the mall for photos to be submitted to a “Captain America” movie casting call, according to the Fayetteville Observer. He allegedly brought the weapon for the photos.
Police have released Wolfinger, and he is “with his chain of command,” said Master Sgt. Patrick Malone, a spokesman for 82nd Airborne Division.
“These charges represent actions that are wholly inconsistent with the high standards and values we expect from our paratroopers,” Malone said. Fort Bragg is fully cooperating with the police investigation, he said.
While initial reports indicated that a second armed man was in the mall, Wolfinger was found to be alone. Officers searched the entire mall to be sure there was no second armed man present, the police statement said.