Century City Mall Shooting Scare Leaves Los Angeles on Edge

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Century City Mall shoppers thought they heard a shooting just hours after students were gunned down at Saugus High School.

However, law enforcement told local news reporters that no shots were fired at the mall, and there was no active shooter.

“Preliminary report of incident at Century City Mall appears to be possible smash and grab robbery at a store per law enforcement sources. More to come but cases like this are frequently MISTAKEN as gunshots,” Andrew Blankstein wrote on Twitter.

Patch reported the mall was not on lockdown, but police converged on the mall responding to 911 calls.

“On a day when Southern California was shaken by a mass shooting at a Santa Clarita high school, the police presence triggered false rumors and panic regarding a mall shooting,” Patch reported.

Here’s what you need to know:


Active Shooter Scare at Westfield Century City Mall Caused by Smash & Grab Robbery

Just a few hours after a gunman opened fire at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, panic was stirred at a nearby mall when people heard glass breaking and mistook the sound for gunshots. People started running and others found places to hide. There was not an active shooter, and no one was injured, according to local news reports.

“Preliminary report of incident at Century City Mall appears to be possible smash and grab robbery at a store per law enforcement sources. More to come but cases like this are frequently MISTAKEN as gunshots,” Andrew Blankstein wrote on Twitter.

He later wrote an update, saying there was no shooting and no injuries.

“Century City Mall Update:
NO Shooting
NO Injuries
LAPD on scene investigating smash-and-grab robbery.”

Patch reported officers searched the mall looking for suspects. Police could find no evidence of a shooting or injuries.

“There is no evidence of a shooting,” said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jeff Lee told Patch. “We are most likely dealing with a smash and grab burglary.”

Shoppers were on edge seeing armed police in the mall. False reports of an active shooter spread quickly on social media.

The shooting at Saugus High School left two dead and three injured. The suspect was identified as Nathaniel Berhow. It was his 16th birthday.

Shortly after the first reports, Jack Levine shared a photo of a helicopter above the mall.

“2 kids killed this morning in a school shooting at Saugus.

“10 minutes ago fought through security to get back into office, passed groups of people hysterically crying, no details known aside “something happening” at Century City Mall.

“Helicopter overhead, praying people okay.”


Panic Hits Social Media With False Reports of Active Shooter

People responded with panic on social media. Some reported they were in the mall and thought they heard gunfire.

“I’m in lockdown in the back of the Apple Store in Century City mall in LA,” Allison K. Sommer wrote on Twitter. “People were running through the mall and we were rushed to the back. Not clear if there was an actual shooter yet. I thought I heard shots.”

She later replied to the tweet, saying that even though she learned it was a false alarm, the thought of an active shooter in the mall was “terrifying.”

“Now they are saying it was a false alarm. But it was terrifying,” she wrote.

One person replied to the tweet, saying that someone started running and others began to react with panic.

Another person replied to her tweet, saying he was also seeking shelter.

“I am at lock down at century city mall any news we are in the back room,” Jason Ozur wrote.

Another person tweeted to the Los Angeles Police.

“Im(sic) I’m century city and hearing there’s an active shooter at Century City Mall. Is that true?” Tarek Zohdy wrote.

Others also wrote on social media, believing there was a shooting in the mall.

“i think they just shot up century city mall,” one person wrote on Twitter.

“Stay away from the Century City mall. Possible shooter,” another person wrote on Instagram.

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