AN “ACTIVE shooter” was reported at a shopping center in New York on Tuesday.
Local police said they received reports of an armed person in the Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown, New York.
Cops said that they are searching the mall, but did not stand up whether there was an active shooter on the scene.
One person claimed “my daughter was in parking lot when shoppers ran out of Target en masse, stating there was a shooter in the mall.”
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VIDEO SHOWS POLICE RESPONSE TO MALL
POLICE: NO EVIDENCE OF GUNFIRE
In an update posted to Facebook, the Town of Wallkill Police Department dispeled reports on social media that shots had been fired inside the mall.
“We are currently investigating a report of a person armed in the Galleria at Crystal Run,” the department wrote. “The mall currently locked down, as of this post the report is currently unfounded.
“We are in the process of systematically searching the mall. Please avoid the area.”
SHOPPERS RAN OUT ‘EN MASSE’
A Twitter user said in a post that their daughter had been in the parking lot at Galleria at Crystal Run when the mall was locked down.
“Not confirmed but my daughter was in parking lot when shoppers ran out of Target en masse, stating there was a shooter in the mall.
“SWAT in responding. Pray it’s unfounded please.”
POLICE SEARCH MALL ‘STORE BY STORE’
Officers from the Town Of Wallkill were “in the process of systematically searching the mall” on Tuesday afternoon.
Locals have been asked to avoid the area while search is carried out.
So far, police have found no sign of the reported armed suspect.
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