Lockdown lifted after false reports of shots fired at Arizona Mills Mall

Posted: 5:49 PM, Dec 26, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-27 10:45:08-05
PD: False reports of shots fired at AZ Mills

Police say no shots were fired at Arizona Mills Mall following a lockdown at the property Monday afternoon.

According to police, two fights broke out -- one in the food court and one outside Legoland -- and during one of the altercations, witnesses heard a loud noise they believed to be gunfire.

Tempe officers were reportedly inside the mall during the incident and investigated the claims while stores closed their doors as a precaution.

Witnesses reported large crowds racing for the exits after hearing the loud noise.

Police told ABC15 crews two people have been arrested, one is a juvenile.

The incident came on the heels of similar reports around the country. Police in Indiana , Colorado , Ohio , and North Carolina reported similar false reports at local malls.

According to the Associated Press, police were called to Cross Creek Mall in North Carolina because of a disturbance. Officials said some teenagers were apparently involved in a fight at the mall.

North Carolina authorities said there's no evidence shots were fired, even though some witnesses thought they heard a gunshot. Witnesses tell media outlets that there was chaos as hundreds tried to flee the mall.