Police SWAT teams in Boca Raton, Florida, moved in on a shopping mall on Saturday to investigate reports of a shooting there, police said.
Officers of the Boca Raton police department were on the scene of the Town Center Mall “conducting an active search of the area,” police said in a Twitter alert, adding that members of the public should avoid the vicinity.
It was not immediately known whether gunshots had actually been fired at the mall. But local media reported that the mall was placed on a security lockdown.
Police said on Twitter that shoppers and employees of the mall were being advised to “shelter in place” while police and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams searched the premises.
Boca Raton is a coastal South Florida suburb about 45 miles (72 km) north of Miami.
Video clips that appeared to have been taken by onlookers and were posted online by local television station WPTV showed large numbers of emergency vehicles converging on the area, and armed uniformed police entering the mall as a group of shoppers hurriedly moved away from its entrance.
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Reports of shots fired at Florida mall sparks panic, police response – https://t.co/wxpizgsmvG
— thenationroar (@thenationroar) October 13, 2019
“Police respond to reports of possible shooting at South Florida mall” https://t.co/vUg6pSmHTT
— Stacy Michelle Barrington (@StacyMichelleB) October 13, 2019
Police in the Florida city of Boca Raton say they are conducting an active search of a major mall after they received an unconfirmed report of a shooting there. https://t.co/FH7L3v7qHg
— WISH-TV (@WISH_TV) October 13, 2019
This is my HOME now 😞 does this really need to keep happening?
Police respond to reports of possible shooting in South Florida mall https://t.co/B94BjNUGSn
— Sydney 🏳️🌈 (@SydneyN_Swimmer) October 13, 2019
omg apparently theres been a shooting in a florida mall? i hope everyones safe oh my
— amy 146 (@oceanbibby) October 13, 2019
POSSIBLE MALL SHOOTING: Videos taken at the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton show shoppers running to the exits as armed officers enter the building. ATF is responding, and police are asking those still in the mall to shelter in place. LATEST: https://t.co/5FoX5x5STl
— Shane Shifflett (@ffshifflett) October 13, 2019
Reports of a shooting at Town Center Mall. @bocapolice is on scene and currently conducting an active search of the area. Please avoid the mall area. PIO enroute media to meet at 2301 West Glades parking lot.
— Boca Raton Police (@BocaPolice) October 13, 2019
— Parker Branton (@ParkerBranton) October 13, 2019
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