There were reports of a shooting or active shooter at Aventura Mall in Aventura, Florida, on May 8, 2021. You can see videos from the scene throughout this story.
Aventura police later revealed, “We have several suspects involved in custody and being question(ed) by Detectives. We have 3 victims who have sustained NON- life threatening injuries and out being treated at local hospitals.” Police also wrote that they were “handling an incident at the mall. All patrons and employees are being escorted off of the property. Access to the mall will not be allowed until further notice.”
The reports of gunfire led to panic at the mall and social media reports of a possible active shooter. “Active shooter at AVentura mall yall be safe,” a man wrote on Twitter. Another person wrote that the shooting stemmed from an argument between two people as opposed to an active shooter type situation, however. Social media reports said the shooting may have broken out in the Nordstrom store, but authorities have not confirmed this information or additional details of what’s going on.
Local10 reported that Aventura police had responded to the mall after reports of gunfire there, and they were searching the mall as people hid inside in various locations. Be aware that some active shooter or shooting reports at malls have turned out to be false alarms in the past; it’s too early to know here.
WPLG-TV’s Roy Ramos wrote on Twitter that the Miami Dade Fire Department was “racing to #AventuraMall following reports of shots fired.”
One woman wrote on Twitter that she was “literally locked in a store at Aventura Mall because there is an active shooter.” Other reports on social media said people were “running and trampling” each other in their haste to get out of the mall.
Here’s what you need to know:
Video Emerged of the Scene
Video emerged of the scene inside and outside the Aventura Mall.
A person wrote on Twitter, “Shooting at Aventura Mall Miami just mins ago… total hysteria getting out the mall… I heard 8 shots right outside of Norstrom’s sounded as close as the LV Store… the line was too long to even shop so I walked by and 10 mins later shots rang out…”
A person wrote on Twitter, “I was just at Aventura Mall in Miami, and literally 15ft away from these dudes arguing, he pulls out a gun and lets off 6 rounds.. people running, shoving to find a safe place to hide.. Count your blessings, hug your loved ones, tell someone u love them.”
‘Everyone Was Running,’ a Witness Wrote
Witnesses gave accounts of the situation on social media. “Shooting in aventura mall I was scared af for my kids. I literally walked in and everybody was running,” wrote one woman. “Stay away from Aventura Mall active shooter is inside and people are hiding in stores and fitting rooms,” wrote another.
“My bro called me saying he just fled from Aventura mall cus a wild a** shooting at the Nordstrom occurred, thank god he’s okay,” wrote another person.
This story is being updated as more is learned about the shooting reports.