Police: No active shooter at mall, despite report

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Posted: Jun 16, 2016 11:59 PM

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A report of shots fired at a Connecticut shopping mall sent some shoppers running to the exits and police rushing to the scene before it was later determined to be unfounded.

"There is absolutely no evidence, I repeat, no evidence of an active shooter at the Meriden Westfield mall tonight," said Meriden police Capt. Sal Nesci.

Meriden police said they received a 911 call Thursday night from a woman indicating there may have been shots fired at the mall.

Meriden and Berlin police, along with state police responded and evacuated the mall.

"During our search of the mall, the Meriden Police Department did locate folks that had been holed up in bathrooms and in dressing rooms, certainly scared," said Nesci.

No one was injured, and police later determined the report to be unfounded. They are asking the woman who made the 911 call to come forward to determine why she did.

The report came just days after the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead.

"I would say the country's on edge. Certainly, it's one of the greatest tragedies our nation has ever faced, Nesci said.

While this report turned out to be a false alarm, police and city officials said officers fell back on their training and responded appropriately.

"We were all prepared for this. In the wake of the unfortunate tragedy in Orlando ... Meriden really came together on this one, said Mayor Kevin Scarpati."

Meriden is located halfway between New Haven and Hartford. The mall has more than 140 shops and is anchored by Sears, Macy's and Boscov's.