PEMBROKE PINES, FLORIDA (AP) – Police in South Florida descended on what they thought was an armed break-in at a men’s clothing store on Tuesday morning after people were spotted storming in with rifles — but officers arrived to find a music video filming, all with the store owners’ knowledge.
The guns were not real and the men holding them were actors in a video, said spokeswoman for the Pembroke Pines Police Department Amanda Conwell.
The music video was being filmed inside the men’s clothing and accessories store with a film crew while the larger shopping centre was closed, The Miami Herald reported, citing a store manager. The manager said the filming was supposed to take less than an hour.
But a witness saw the events unfolding, and not knowing it was staged, called police, authorities said. The scene being filmed depicted two men with guns entering the store and demanding workers to put money in the bag, according to the news outlet.
Pembroke Pines officials said the city had not given a permit for the filming, and the shopping centre’s management team said in a statement that it was also not aware of the video.