A young man in a Panda costume and surgical mask walked into a Baltimore TV station Thursday claiming to have a bomb. He was shot and wounded by police after leaving the building. He’s in serious but stable condition.
The 25-year old from Howard County walked into a Fox TV station in Baltimore with a fake bomb on his chest that consisted of aluminum-wrapped chocolate bars duct-taped to a flotation device.
Police have NOT confirmed but Ed Brizzi told CBS Baltimore Thursday night the man is his son, Alex Brizzi.
Ed Brizzi told the media outlet that his son recently changed his attitude and said the world was going to end June 3rd.
“We really didn’t see this coming,” Ed Brizzi said. “… We were looking at him, trying to assess him, trying to figure out what to do. He’s 25 years old, so I can’t say, ‘You’ve got to go into the hospital,”‘ said Brizzi. Authorities searched the suspect’s home for hours Thursday night, the station says.
You notice he didn’t have a gun or a fake gun, but rather a fake bomb. If it was a gun, it would have provided a backdrop for Obama’s executive order today on smart gun technology.
The young fake bomber walked into the lobby of Fox affiliate WBFF, knowns as Fox45, in a Panda costume and gave a flash drive to a security guard and told him he wanted the station to broadcast its contents.
The security guard told CBS Baltimore, “It pretty much had to do with anything with astronomy — black holes, the sun, about it being liquid and gas, and he just wanted to say that the government was wrong in thinking about the way they do when it comes to anything in space.”
The guard activated an alarm under his desk, and the station was quickly evacuated.
The man, presumably Alex Brizzi, barricaded himself in the station. He wouldn’t talk to law enforcement as he walked out of the building and down the street, continuing to ignore various orders to show his hands.
Police shot him once and sent in a bomb-detecting robot as he lay wounded until he removed the flotation device.