Man accused of threatening shooting at Fox River Mall pleads no contest

APPLETON, Wis. - It's a much different scene for shoppers at the Fox River Mall compared to a night late last year.

A criminal complaint says that on December 27, a man told his girlfriend he was in the mall's parking lot and threatening to open fire.

It led to an evacuation of the mall, and later, the arrest of 28-year-old Christopher Hawkins.

In court Wednesday, Hawkins pleaded no contest to making a terroristic threat and also to disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon.

He and attorneys came to Outagamie County court Wednesday prepared for sentencing, but a judge is holding off until he gets a pre-sentence report to detail Hawkin's background.

Hawkin's uncle told the judge that he's never had any problems before.

"This is something that kind of surprised me and the family and friends, people who know Chris," his uncle said.
 
He also said the man accused of threatening to open fire at the mall is not the person they know.

"We've never had any problems with Chris, high school, young kid, he's always been there for his family and friends," his uncle said. "If you asked him to do something he was always there for them."

Hawkins will return to the Outagamie County jail where he will await his sentencing January 12.

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