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Man Arrested After Waving Fake Gun in Gaslamp: PD

After shutting down several blocks and taking the suspect into custody, police confirmed the weapon was not real

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    Man Arrested After Waving Fake Gun in Gaslamp

    A man waving a gun in the middle of the Gaslamp Quarter prompted police to shut down several city blocks during the lunch hour Friday, before they realized the gun was a fake. NBC 7's Artie Ojeda reports. (Published Friday, July 31, 2015)

    A man waving a gun in the middle of the Gaslamp Quarter prompted police to shut down several city blocks during the lunch hour Friday, before they realized the gun was a fake.

    The man was spotted near 5th Avenue and F Street in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter just before 1 p.m.

    The man walking down 5th Avenue pointed a gun at witness John Carmichael. A U.S. Navy employee, Carmichael told NBC 7 he could tell immediately that it was fake.

    "To me, he was kind of joking so it didn't bother me too much," said Carmichael. "He pointed it at me, I put my hands up and he just walked away. It was pretty odd." 

    The man with the gun then walked into the Tipsy Crow bar, giving everyone inside a scare.

    Kitchen worker David Nelson was told by his boss to take cover.

    "I took a knife and went into the office and locked it because he already said there was a cop situation," said Nelson. "So I had no idea what was going on. I was freaked out for sure."

    Several patrol cars blocked foot and vehicle traffic in about a one-block radius.

    Approximately 30 minutes later, the man was in custody. Officers confirmed the man was carrying a replica gun that had been spray painted to look real.

    The bar was searched and nothing was found, police said.

    No one was injured.

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