Hagerstown, Maryland: Valley Mall Evacuated After Reports of Gunshots

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 9, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Valley Mall in Hagerstown, Maryland was evacuated and placed on lockdown on Wednesday night as police searched for a possible shooter after reports of gunshots, but later said there was no evidence a gun was fired.

Police officers came into the mall with guns drawn and escorted people to their cars, reported WHAG-TV.

There was at least one helicopter overhead. Workers at the mall said that there were shots fired inside the movie theater.

Police said that they received a call around 8:50 from a person inside the Regal Cinemas theater saying that shots were fired, said Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carly Hose. No one is injured, as far as police know. Police were interviewing witnesses to try to figure out what happened.

But police later told WHAG that there was no one injured and there was no evidence a gun was fired.

Hose said one person was taken into custody for not cooperating with officials.

One local described the scene via Twitter.

“Police all over, theater evacuated, cops with assault rifles, helicopter circling. Guess not seeing ‘Gravity’!” 

“Supposedly someone walked into the theatre and shot someone and then ran through the mall,” said another.

“To think that I wanted to go shopping tonight and now I’m hearing about the shooting at the Valley Mall,” said a third.

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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.