Frightened shoppers fled a Virginia mall after gunshots rang out during an argument between a group of men.
Officials rushed to the popular Tysons Corner Mall in Fairfax County when the building was locked down and shoppers locked inside the stores.
Police said when the fight broke out, one of the men “displayed a gun and fired a gun.”
Authorities said the potential suspect was a black man wearing a black hoodie, black jeans and white shoes.
Officials later said there was no active shooter situation and no injuries were reported.
“We’re always lucky when there’s no injuries, when there’s gunfire at a mall here or anywhere else in America and nobody has a gunshot wound, fatal or nonfatal,” said Kevin Davis, Chief of Fairfax County.
“What’s not good is that it happened.”
Police said no one has yet been taken into custody and that investigators are combing surveillance footage at the mall to identify possible suspects.
Several shots were fired inside, but to the police’s knowledge no one was hit.
They said there were no further reports of gunfire.
Three people were taken to hospital for injuries while trying to leave the mall.
The mall has been cleared to ensure the suspects are gone.
The local police department said on Twitter that the mall was closed and residents should avoid the area.
The mall will remain closed for the rest of the day, police said.
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