RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) – A shooting broke out at a shopping center in Virginia, killing at least one person with life-threatening injuries, police said Tuesday.
Chesterfield County police said on their Twitter page that a person was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the shooting at Chesterfield Towne Center, near the state capital of Richmond.
RM Louth, Chesterfield Police Chief, said police were called at 6:09 pm that there was a fight in the mall’s food court, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported. Louth said the shooting victim had life-threatening injuries.
No one else was injured, and authorities said the police said there was no active threat in the mall. According to Louth, there is no suspect in custody and the police have no description of the suspect. The police are viewing security footage in the mall.
Police urged residents to avoid the area and asked anyone with information to contact authorities.
Video footage showed that police officers guarded at least one entrance to the mall to prevent customers from entering. Officers were later shown on live video entering the mall. Multiple police vehicles, some with flashing lights, converged in the mall parking lot.
The mall has more than 100 stores and restaurants, including four anchor stores. It is owned by Brookfield Properties of Chicago. Their office was closed on Tuesday evening and no one was immediately available for comment.
Security officials at the mall also declined to comment, referring all calls to Chesterfield County Police.
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