The audience at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore on Wednesday was thrown into a panic when a man stood up during intermission at a performance of Fiddler on the Roof, raised his hand in the Nazi salute, and shouted "Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!"
Audience members began running toward the exit, fearful that gunshots were imminent.
"People started running," Rich Scherr, who was in the audience, told The Washington Post. "The next thing I expected to hear was gunshots, frankly."
The Baltimore Police Department received a call at 9:40 p.m. about a disorderly person. Once the police arrived, the man was escorted out of the building. Police did not arrest him.
The incident occurred mere weeks after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, which took the lives of 11 people, becoming the deadliest crime against Jewish people in American history. Given this, along with the recent Borderline bar shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Scherr noted that tensions are high for everyone, and "people were scared."
"People were saying that their hearts were beating really fast, and there were a lot of What's wrong with this world? comments," he added.
The Hippodrome Theater has already released a statement condemning the actions that occurred Wednesday.
We apologize to those patrons who were affected by this unfortunate incident," the statement said. "Our venue has a proud tradition of providing shared experiences to people from all walks of life, right in the heart of this wonderfully diverse city, and we intend to continue that tradition in the spirit of bringing people together, not dividing them."