Police say they are investigating a shooting at the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
An investigation is currently underway while police assess the situation.
NBC New York reports that a person appears to have been shot in the mall parking lot. The suspect is said to have fled.
A senior law enforcement official said the victim went into the mall and it was locked down as a precaution.
It is not known how many suspects there are in total and whether the attack was targeted.
The extent of the victim’s injuries is not known, but sources say the person is conscious.
New Jersey State Police announced in a tweet that they are investigating the shooting.
“The public is advised to avoid the area,” they wrote.
According to the NJSP, the shooting was designated not be an active shooter.
“The mall is safe and the soldiers are in the process of removing the guests.” There is an area for people to meet with their family members and the mall will remain closed.
Governor Phil Murphy was informed of the incident and set up a command post.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and praying for those affected. The public is advised to stay away from the area at this time.”
Video from the mall shows stores locked down while customers and employees flee to safety.
“Freak out! WTF is wrong with people?” one person wrote on Twitter. “I’m over here trying to keep my shit together for our kids while my husband is locked up at American Dream Mall for an active shooter.”
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