Investigators said there were no injuries reported. In addition to the report of an armed man, police said they were also investigating a suspicious package at the mall.
Nearby Beverly Hills High School was placed on lockdown as a precaution due to incident, the Beverly Hills Police Department said.
At around 2:30 p.m. LAPD urged those sheltering in place to remain calm and exit the location. Authorities said there was no evidence of a shooting or any injuries.
Los Angeles police said that during the search for a reported man with a gun, officers were directed to a suspicious package inside the Amazon Store. Video from AIR7 HD showed smoke coming from the Amazon Store. It’s unclear what the package is or why it was putting out smoke.
All available police resources have been sent to the mall, including the bomb squad.
Authorities began clearing out the mall safely, with many shoppers and employees being escorted out the nearest exit.
It was a scary situation for some.
“I had just clocked into work and then I saw my co-workers running, and he said, ‘Drop everything and run,’ and we just ran out the door. As we were running out the door, we heard a shot, and then I saw security, and mall security said just keep running, keep going,” said mall employee Gisell Lopez.
Images sent to the Eyewitness Newsroom shows customers sheltering in place inside the H&M basement. After being stuck in there for about two hours, they were later evacuated.
Police set up a perimeter around the mall and shut down Santa Monica Boulevard due to the investigation.
LAPD West LA Division is responding to calls of an “Active Shooter” at the Century City Mall. We have officers on scene who are clearing the location, but at this time we have NO evidence of a shooting or victims.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) March 15, 2019
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