Vietnam vet arrested after walking into Army recruiting office with gun to ‘keep them on their toes’
A Georgia man was arrested after visiting a local Army recruitment office while carrying a hand gun, saying he wanted to keep the recruiters “on their toes” in case of another attack like the one in Chattanooga, the Rockdale News reported.
Harry Tracey, 72, was taken into custody outside of the Conyers Army recruitment office on charges of carrying a weapon into a federal government office.
According to police, Tracey went into the office last week and began asking a recruiter odd questions which the recruiter found alarming after Tracey displayed a handgun tucked into his waistband.
“He asked if he felt safe, if he was armed and if he could protect himself against an attack like the one that happened in Chattanooga,” CPD Officer Marshall Thompson wrote in the report. “He told me the subject (Tracey) did not like his answer.”
Police were summoned after Tracey left and he was taken into custody outside a nearby store.
According to police, Tracey said he was a Vietnam war era vet and that he was trying to keep recruiters “on their toes,” while also stating he would not have wanted to serve with the recruiter he spoke with.
Neighbors of Tracey said they were unsurprised by his actions, with one neighbor saying he liked to brag and was often “boastful.”
Tracey is just one of a group of citizens — including one man who accidentally fired his AK-47 outside of a recruiters station in Ohio — who have become obsessed with possible shootings at recruitment centers after the tragic shooting in Chattanooga that took five lives.
The military has repeatedly asked that armed citizens to stay away from the recruitment centers.
Tracey was being held on $7,000 bond.
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