STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – The sound of gunfire and someone shouting “Everybody down, everybody” shocked moviegoers sitting in the lobby of the Bow Tie Majestic 6 movie theaters Sunday night, but the incident appears to have been a juvenile prank.

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Five children ranging in ages from 10 to 16 were arrested and face both criminal charges and potential school disciplinary action after police say they used toy cap guns to stage the mock attack in Stamford, reports CBS2’s Tony Aiello.

Police say three members of the group had noisy toy guns and fired them in the theater while shouting “everyone down” before fleeing the theater.

“They let the rounds off, then they yell out, ‘get down, get down, get down.’ Me, if I’m in that theater, I’m thinking there’s a robbery going down and I’m going to protect myself,” Sgt. Joe Kennedy told Aiello. “Just shock and disbelieve, you know, a lot of fear.”

Officers responded to the scene as if it was an active shooter situation.

“The response from patrol is full-blown lights and sirens,” said Kennedy.

A person at the movie theater followed the youths outside and was able to tell police where to find the suspected pranksters who now face charges.

Police said the youngsters are lucky no one was hurt and no one mistook their fake guns for brightly colored real ones.

“You can buy weapons in any shape, color, it’s quite an array — fluorescent pink, green, orange are very big in the gun market as far as if they’re going off-color,” Kennedy said.

Several patrons in the theater later said the incident reminded them of the 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, where gunman James Eagan Holmes killed 12 people during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises film.

Comments (13)
  1. Charge the ones you can as adults and haul their parents into court also and put themin the system as foster children. It is obvious the parents are lousy at parenting and do not drserve kids. If they have any more children take them too.

  2. Sam James says:

    Throw the book at the perps. Maybe they will understand the consequences of their idiocy. Let’s bring their parents into this as well……where has their training been lacking with their children?

  3. If Connecticut was a free state and citizens didn’t have to ask the government’s permission to purchase or carry a firearm the boys wouldn’t have known that no one in the theater would be armed. As the state of Connecticut is now they were certain that no one could return fire.

  4. Bruce Martin says:

    Yes,the corrupt media generates hysteria in young pliable minds and not just the Hoggs take advantage of it.

  5. Mary Mac says:

    Jail time. Adult for the 16yr. old. The 10 yr old was just a follower, but should get scared straight by a few nights in juvie…….stupid kids…

  6. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes….

  7. Jackie Meyer says:

    The press didn’t report these youngsters as white youngsters. Very interesting.

  8. Jeff Soneson says:

    Asshats are lucky no one shot them

  9. Almost as bad as crying “FIRE” in a crowded movie theatre.

  10. Dave Gardner says:

    Idiocy on parade, the marching morons have arrived.

  11. why would they face discipline at school?… oh thats right school is pre prison now…

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