An unidentified 25-year-old man, dressed in a panda costume, was reportedly shot by Baltimore police outside a local news station on April 28 (video below).
The man reportedly set his car on fire in the parking lot, walked inside the WBFF-TV News building and demanded employees air a story that he had placed on a flash drive, the news station notes.
According to security guard Jourael Apostolides, the man only got as far inside as the news station's vestibule, notes the Baltimore Sun.
Fearing the man was wearing a bomb, Apostolides said he discreetly called 911. Apostolides took the flash drive, which, according to him, contained a video of the man speaking about the government and space. Police could not confirm what the contents of the drive were.
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The man barricaded himself in the building for some time but then walked outside.
In a live broadcast video of the incident, officers walked near the man with their guns drawn.
According to Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith, the man refused to take his hands out of his pockets and there was a wire that went from a red device strapped to his chest down his arm.
Officers opened fire on the man, he dropped to the ground, but he still refused to take his hands out of his pockets. Medical staff were not allowed to treat him for several minutes.
He finally complied, and a police-controlled robot removed the red device, which resembled a vest, from the man's body.
The man's "bomb" turned out to be some candy bars wrapped in foil that were held together with wires attached to a motherboard.
The man was transported to a nearby hospital for his gunshot wounds and is reportedly in "serious but stable" condition.
"It's become all too common for us to gather like this to examine the bizarre," Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said. "Unfortunately, we'll probably learn the same-old same-old about this man. I can predict it."
Davis didn't clarify what the "same-old same-old" was.
Ed Brizzi told the Baltimore Sun that the man is his son, Alex Brizzi. According to Ed, his son has been troubled throughout April and his actions on April 28 were not politically motivated.
So far, no charges have been filed in the incident.
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