FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A charge against a Fort Bragg soldier for bringing an assault rifle to Cross Creek Mall in July 2015 was dismissed.
On July 2, 2015, Bryan Wolfinger, 25, was arrested after police received multiple 911 calls of an armed gunman at the mall and found Wolfinger armed with an AR-15 rifle, bullet proof vest and multiple high capacity magazines.
The incident caused the mall to go on lockdown.
Wolfinger was charged with going terror to the public.
Following his arrest, a judge said Wolfinger was not to possess any weapons or firearms outside of his military duties.
In a written statement to police, Wolfinger said he was getting his pictures taken for a “Captain America” casting call. He says the studio told him he could bring any props he wanted and the gun he brought was never loaded.
After an investigation, the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office dismissed the charge.
The DA’s office said there wasn’t enough evidence to keep the charges against Wolfinger.
Court documents show an employee from the “Picture This” photo studio had received permission from mall management for Wolfinger to bring the rifle to the mall prior to the shoot.
There were no signs on the outside of the mall or “Picture This” that said weapons were not allowed. Those signs were added after the incident, documents say.
The investigation reveal Wolfinger did not threaten or intimidate anyone with the weapon.