Shooting at Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, Washington

PUBLISHED Sun, July 02, 2017 - 12:29am EDT
Credit: Periscope / Jack Reale

Police and other emergency services in Washington state have responded to Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila after a gunshot was fired, officials say. Stores are on lockdown but there have been no reports of any injuries. (more)

The incident began at about 9:45 p.m. PT on Saturday when police were called to reports of shots being fired at the mall, which is the state's largest shopping center. It is believed to have happened in the area of the food court.

"One confirmed gunshot was fired stemming from a dispute between individuals," a spokesperson for the Tukwila Police Department said on Twitter. The official added that no one was hit though it was not immediately clear if any arrests had been made.

Officers were continuing to search the mall as of 10:20 p.m. "If you are in a store that is in lock down, stay inside the store until officers contact you so that we safely check the entire mall," the police spokesperson said, providing no other details.

The shooting happened just minutes before the mall was scheduled to close. Westfield Southcenter Mall is home to 246 businesses and receives more than 14.2 million visitors a year, according to its owner, Westfield Corporation.

Shootings have happened before at the mall, including in March 2015 when a 17-year-old boy was seriously injured after being shot in the back. And in November 2008, a 16-year-old boy was killed and a 15-year-old boy was seriously injured in a shooting near the south main entrance.

  Tukwila, WA     





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