Police and federal agencies are responding to a supposed shooting incident at a shopping mall in Boca Raton, Florida. Local media report one person shot and the area has been placed on lockdown.
Boca Raton Police responded to the “active incident” at around 3pm on Sunday and urged anyone still inside the mall to remain sheltered in place. Footage shared on social media showed shoppers hurrying away from the scene as SWAT teams approached the building.
All persons in Town Center Mall shelter in place while @bocapolice and SWAT teams conduct search of mall.
— Boca Raton Police (@BocaPolice) October 13, 2019
My roommate was inside the Boca Mall when shooting occurred about 3 pm near Lululemon and Art of Shaving. Sounded like pops, not automatic gunfire. One person shot. Condition unknown. People inside have been taken to nearby restaurant to speak w/ police.
— Christine Stapleton (@StapletonPBPost) October 13, 2019
Police stated shortly afterwards that there was “no active shooter” at the mall. Local media reports indicated that one person had been shot, suggesting either a false alarm or a single, targeted assault.
BOCA RATON POLICE: “We are working an active incident at the Town Center Mall. Avoid the area & shelter in place” https://t.co/zBGo8rojHk
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 13, 2019
Boca Raton has a low crime rate and is a favorite destination for retirees. Nonetheless, the Town Center mall that was locked down on Sunday is just over ten miles from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where gunman Nikolas Cruz murdered 14 of his fellow students and three staff members last February.
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