Steve Rogers

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Assistant News Director/Assignment Editor; degree in finance and administration from Yale University; 35 years experience in journalism.

Video: Man With Gun Stirs Panic

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) — With the state’s open carry gun laws, it was bound to happen — someone walks into a business carrying a gun, and employees react by calling police.

It did Wednesday in Columbus.

A man walked into Popeye’s on Highway 45 carrying a gun at about 1:30 p.m. today. He walked through the restaurant section without saying anything and went into the bathroom. Employees called 911 and began evacuating.

Police and sheriff’s deputies surrounded the business and a Columbus officer ordered the man out of the bathroom.

The gun turned out to be a realistic looking plastic BB pistol.

The man was taken into custody. He eventually was released without charges.