Weapon scare at Tanforan, one arrested

One man feared to be toting a handgun was arrested Tuesday afternoon at The Shops at Tanforan, according to San Bruno police.

Approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, police received reports from someone in the mall that two men were carrying handguns, Sgt. Dermot Downes said. Witnesses said a flurry of police officers arrived outside the Barnes and Noble Booksellers, located on the west side of the mall, in response to the reports.

Downes said officers spotted a white man and a white juvenile walking together, both carrying pellet guns. Police stopped them and searched the adult, who was found to be carrying a concealed knife and was arrested. Police are not releasing their names at this time.

The juvenile, who Downes said was a 15-year-old San Bruno resident, was released to a family member. The adult, 20, is a Daly City resident.

Don Whitehead, manager of the shopping mall, said that in the year he has been at the helm, there have been no shooting incidents at Tanforan.

Jennifer Stroblin, visiting from Southern California, was waiting to eat at nearby BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery when the police arrived. The incident was over quickly, but many in the restaurant were wondering what was going on, she said.

“It seems like it’s over now,” Stroblin said. “That’s good, I mean, you hear about mall shootings in the news, it’s probably better to be safe than sorry.”

tramroop@examiner.com

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