Muscat: A mentally ill gun-wielding man created scare at an Oman shopping mall when he walked into the premises with two weapons and started firing in the air.
The scary drama occurred at the Lulu shopping mall in Ibri on Monday evening when a 24-year-old Omani walked into the hypermarket as shoppers were filling their trolleys.
"The youngster, who is being treated for mental illness, entered the mall with two guns. Pointing one at the mall's employees, he opened fire in the air with the second gun. We rushed to the scene on getting information and managed to arrest him without much delay," Royal Oman Police sources said.
"There is no loss of life or property," the police added.
According to Ibri sources, the youngster opened fire near the vegetable section of the shopping mall. "Nobody was injured. After opening fire, he just walked out of the shopping mall. But the mall officials called the police and the youngster was arrested," sources said.
Meanwhile, an eyewitness said that brave policemen nabbed the gun-toting man swiftly.
"I heard a commotion while I was shopping at the mall. I came out and saw a youngster walking out with guns. I was a bit scared but the police responded quickly and nabbed him," Ahmed Al Hatmi, an eyewitness said.
Thanking the police for the swift action, Salim Al Ghafri said, "They avoided what could have been a tragedy if he had shot at someone. This is for the first time that people of Ibri have came across such an incident."
Meanwhile, the top official representing the Lulu outlets in Oman said that the person opened fire only once and walked out of the mall.
"He entered the mall, threatened onlookers, fired in air and walked out. Our staff informed the police. He was arrested soon. There was no damage to the property nor was anyone injured in the incident," the mall official said.
"We heard that the youngster has been roaming with guns in other shops also," the mall official added.
Meanwhile, the ROP thanked the public for alerting them about the incident and cooperating in nabbing the youngster.
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