An armed man who opened fire in a Pennsylvania mall stayed on loose Sunday morning hours after dozens of police vehicles surrounded the building and officers stormed in to evacuate frightened shoppers.
Filming took place just before 5 p.m. on Saturday at Lehigh Valley Mall in Fullerton, Pennsylvania. No injuries were reported.
Whitehall Township Police chief Michael Marks said four shots were fired on the lower floor near a sports shop.
“The responding officers had to go to the mall and make sure that no active shots were fired at the moment,” said Marks, according to WFMZ on Saturday evening. “As for our current sideline jobs, this only ensures that the mall is empty and that we were able to account for all of the employees, or at least the mall at that point.”
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Shoppers told of a chaotic scene when the gunfire rang out and panicked people streamed out of the mall, followed by officers rushing in.
Those remaining inside were ordered to seek refuge while police detained evacuates and searched for potential suspects and victims.
“I’ll never forget the second of silence that followed the shooting as we processed what we heard,” said Ashley Giammona, who was shopping with her husband on the second floor. “Then everyone started screaming. My husband slipped behind a jewelry display in the middle of the mall, and I crawled over with the army. “
About three dozen police vehicles, including an armored truck, and four ambulances responded to the shooting. Whitehall and Allentown Police and Pennsylvania State Police officers were on site, The Morning Call reported.
No arrests had been made until Sunday, and no motive for the shooting was published. Investigators checked the surveillance footage in hopes of identifying a suspect.
Authorities asked anyone in the mall at the time of the shooting who may have cell phone video of the incident to contact the police.
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Lehigh Valley Hospital and St. Luke’s University Hospital have been put on alert in case someone who was injured left the mall undetected before law enforcement arrived, The Morning Call reported.
Allentown police captain Mike Becker told The Associated Press that his department supported the Whitehall Township police force but had no further information to share.
Cheryl Furler, a Bath & Body Works employee, told the WFMZ that she and about 50 other people barricaded themselves in the camp.
“We took filing cabinets and pushed them against the doors,” she said.
“Kids were really upset,” recalled Lucy Usoyan, another shopper. “That really pisses me off.”
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Ronny Garcia said he spent half an hour taking shelter in the back of a store with other customers. Police evacuated her from most of the mall’s customers when a woman started working, he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.