BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A frantic scene unfolded Tuesday afternoon on Huffman Mill Road in Burlington.
Multiple 911 callers called in to describe seeing a man with a gun.
"Somebody at Arby's in Burlington has a gun in the store," one caller said.
"I may be seeing things, but a guy walked out with a pistol in the air, just holding it," said another.
Burlington police said the calls came in around 4 p.m. Callers described seeing the alleged gunman crossing Huffman Mill Road and entering the Arby's and then its parking lot.
"I'm freaking out," said one caller, who identified herself as an Arby's employee. "He was in the store with the gun pointing it around everywhere."
When officers arrived, they arrested Corey Hadley without incident.
They later determined the gun was actually a BB gun, although they said they and callers had no way of knowing that at the time because it looked exactly like a real gun.
"When officers respond to that type of call, we always have that assumption that they are armed and it is a real gun," said Burlington Police Department Sgt. Todd Long. "Just in this case, it happened to be a fake gun, which you can't tell the difference."
Police said no one was injured and no property was damaged. Hadley was charged with going armed to the terror of the people.