Going up? Bullet goes off in store escalator
No one was hurt, but the freak accident gave folks a scare and shut down a store at Northlake Mall.
Dick's Sporting Goods at Northlake Mall was evacuated Tuesday after a customer accidentally dropped several .22-caliber bullets on the store escalator and a round went off.
Dick's management shut down the escalator and called police, said Northlake Mall General Manager Phil Morosco.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, with the help of Charlotte firefighters, closed the store for about an hour. The evacuation went very orderly, said fire department spokesman Capt. Rob Brisley.
Dick's reopened about 2:25 p.m. after police checked the escalator to make sure no more bullets were lodged, Morosco said.
No one was hurt, he said.
The customer had just bought the bullets and was on the escalator when he dropped them. The back of one bullet was compressed by the escalator and fired, said police spokesman Officer Bob Fey. The customer, he said, stayed with authorities until the scene was cleared.
It was an accident, Fey said. Thank God no one got hurt.