UNION, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A man was arrested Thursday night in connection to a false alarm that forced an evacuation at a New Jersey Walmart.
It happened at the store on Springfield Road in Union.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: When Could Another Economic Relief Payment Arrive?
Police got a call just before 11 a.m. Thursday from a person who saw a man wearing a mask and armed with what appeared to be a gun inside the store.
Employees got customers out of the store while multiple agencies responded. No gun was found and the store reopened Thursday afternoon.READ MORE: Wife Of Top Cuomo Aide Shows Support On Social Media For Governor's Latest Sexual Harassment Accuser
According to police, 20-year-old Joshua Phillips, of Newark, turned himself in to police Thursday night.
The Union County prosecutor’s office says the gun witnesses saw Phillips carrying was actually a large black airsoft gun. Phillips allegedly took the gun out of its packaging in the store.MORE NEWS: Road To Reopening: Prudential Center Set To Welcome Fans Back For Devils-Islanders Game
The incident happened just 12 days after a lone gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.