Mall in Southern California on Lockdown After Gunfire Report

February 8, 2018 Updated: February 8, 2018    

Moreno Valley Mall in Riverside County, California, was placed on lockdown amid reports of shots fired.

The mall was searched by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials, NBC Los Angeles reported.

They said the shooting isn’t considered “an active shooter situation,” NBC LA reported.

It’s unclear if anyone was in custody.

A group of men were seen fighting near the mall’s Victoria’s Secret, and an employee told NBC LA that someone yelled, “He has a gun.”

Several rounds were fired, but it appears that no one was hurt, the employee said.

The Riverside County Fire Department confirmed that firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene.

“We’re conducting a systematic search to ensure that everybody’s safe,” Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Vasquez said, CBS Los Angeles reported. “We’re asking people to stay away to conduct the investigation as quickly as possible,” Vasquez added.

“We’re utilizing mall security cameras, witnesses, and just trying to flush out all the information we can,” Vasquez said.

Vasquez told the Los Angeles Times that no one has been taken into custody. He said the mall is expected to be re-opened shortly.

 

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