Umbrella mistaken for gun prompts store evacuation
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an umbrella was mistaken for a gun and prompted an evacuation at a Florida supermarket.
Florida Today reports that someone called 911 Friday morning saying a man had entered a Merritt Island Publix with a rifle slung over his shoulder.
About 10 Brevard County deputies responded to the store. A sheriff’s office spokesman says the deputies quickly identified the man and realized there was no threat.
The store returned to normal business after the brief evacuation.
Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.), http://www.floridatoday.com