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[The Civil Guard clarifies the altercation in the afternoon of Reyes in a shopping center in Lorca (14/01/2021)

| One person has been arrested and another investigated, both involved in the discussion, as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of p�rord Publics and death threats | The altercation caused great social alarm and the mobilization of more than twenty members of the security forces.

The Civil Guard of the Murcia Region has carried out an investigation to clarify the facts related to an altercation that took place on the afternoon of January 5 in a shopping center in Lorca, which resulted in the arrest of one person and the investigation of another, both as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of public disorder and death threats.

The events took place on the afternoon of last January 05, the eve of Kings, when in one of the central streets of a popular shopping center in Lorca there was an altercation between the members of two families.

The altercation originated when members of both families, a total of five people and a baby, began a heated argument, apparently over previous quarrels.

Apparently, at one point during the discussion, one of those involved made a gesture with his hand directing it towards his belt, pretending to be able to carry a firearm.

At that moment, the other family began to shout that they were carrying a pistol, the shouts being noticed by the people who were in the vicinity, who began to run out of fear, spreading rapidly among the customers a p� Only magnified on what was happening.

The discussion alerted the mall's security services, whose private security guards tried to mediate with the parties to no avail.

The gesticulation of the people confronted and the tone used, as well as the existence of numerous people outside the conflict in the vicinity caused the security service of the shopping center to request the help of the Civil Guard.

The emergency telephones received numerous calls reporting the existence of armed people in the shopping center.

There were even those who came to assure the existence of shots from a firearm.

As a preventive measure, the security protocol foreseen for these cases was activated and the establishments of the shopping center closed their doors and sheltered customers inside.

Given the seriousness of the information that was being received in the different rooms of the emergency services, the possibility of an armed confrontation, patrols from the Civil Guard, National Police and Local Police of Lorca traveled to the place and established a device police force made up of more than twenty troops.

Once at the scene, the police officers controlled the situation, restored normalcy in the shopping center, also verifying the absence of firearms.

At that moment the Civil Guard opened an investigation in order to clarify the facts and identify all the persons responsible for them.

Once all the necessary evidence has been obtained, the investigators have located and detained one of those implicated and investigated others, both considered to be the main causes of what happened, who have been prosecuted as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of disorder public and death threats that, along with the police proceedings, have been made available to the Investigating Court of Lorca (Murcia).

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Source: Ministerio del Interior

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