It wasn't your usual Wednesday evening at the Ingles store in Lincolnton. Customers are accustomed to occasionally hearing messages like "cleanup on aisle 10" after someone has a spill." But a man with a gun--that's not a regular occurrence. One customer, who was very close to the Wednesday evening irregularity, told us:
"A man with a gun was apprehended by police at the Ingles store in Lincolnton Tuesday night. I was shopping at Ingles with my daughter and son-in-law around 7:40 pm, when I observed a man repeatedly pointing a gun at a magazine rack, as if he was going to shoot it, near the back of the store. I pointed the man out to my son-in-law, an ex-Marine, who immediately told us to get out of the store and call 9-1-1 while he alerted the store management. After helping to clear people safely out of the store, my son-in-law, who was also armed with a rifle, was approached by the man we had seen earlier with a gun. He then detained the man until police arrived a few minutes later. The man was taken into custody and police took our statements."
Lincolnton Police did not return our call about the incident. We talked Thursday with the store manager, who said police told him they weren't sure if the man would be charged, but he would certainly be evaluated for a possible mental problem. The good news is that nobody was hurt.
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