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Reports of man with a gun at Arizona Mills prompts police to clear mall

AZ Mills possible shooting
Posted at 7:03 PM, Jul 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-30 01:38:20-04

TEMPE — Reports of a man with a gun at Arizona Mills has prompted multiple agencies to respond Friday evening.

Police say the initial investigation revealed that two people were in an argument when a man pointed a gun at the other person.

The man ran into the mall before police arrived, according to officials.

Aerial footage shows Maricopa County Sheriff's Office vehicles, as well as Tempe police outside the mall.

At about 6:50 p.m., Tempe PD said there are no injuries so far and no confirmed shots fired.

Officials say police officers searched the mall slowly and thoroughly, clearing anyone inside.

Police have not identified the man with the gun or any victims in this incident.

In a press conference, Tempe police said people may have thought the sound of security gates closing within the mall as stores went into lockdown were gunshots.

The mall was evacuated and closed for a period of time, but will be reopened soon as there is no remaining danger to the public, according to police.

Police ask that anyone who has any information on this incident to call Tempe's non-emergency line at (480) 350-8311.

This incident remains under investigation.

This is a developing situation. Stay with ABC15 and for the latest updates.