Westland Mall in Florida Put on Lockdown After Reports of Shooter

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
November 24, 2017 Updated: November 24, 2017

Westland Mall in Hialeah, Florida, was placed on lockdown Friday, Nov. 24, after there were unconfirmed reports of a shooter. It turned out to be a false alarm.

According to the Miami Herald, Black Friday shoppers in the mall were put on lockdown while police investigated a call about a shooting in the shopping center.

Police said they could not confirm that any shots were fired.

“Officers canvassed and searched the mall and did not locate any suspects or victims,” Hialeah police spokesman Eddie Rodriguez told the Herald. “We have not been able to confirm any shots being fired nor anyone who witnessed anyone shooting. We will begin our investigation, as to where the call originated from.”

Local10 reported that a loud noise at the mall prompted an evacuation.

“Security at the mall reported someone decided to pull the fire alarm after something fell and caused a loud noise,” according to Local10.

The mall reopened by about 2:30 p.m.

There were no reported injuries.

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