In the wake of countless mass shootings at schools, nationwide retail chains, and countless other public spaces—there’s seriously a website called Mass Shooting Tracker—people are, understandably, a bit jumpy when folks show up with guns, even fake ones. A man dressed like a Stormtrooper from Star Wars recently kicked off something of a panic in Kansas.
KSAL, a radio station in Salinas, KA, reports that a local merchant called 911 when he spotted 27-year-old Chris Burns wandering the streets dressed up like one of the faceless foot soldiers of the Galactic Empire from George Lucas’ beloved space opera. The business owner feared that what he saw wasn’t a dedicated fan indulging in a bit of cosplay, but an armed individual roaming the streets of his hometown with what he thought was an AK-47. What he saw was a masked man toting what appeared to be a very real weapon.