TEMPE, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) –
A shooting reported at Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe Monday evening turned out to be a false alarm.
It happened just after 5 p.m.
Video from one of the stores showed people running away and aerial video from the Penguin Air and Plumbing News Chopper showed several police vehicles.
“Officers responded to a call for service where it was alleged a subject was disturbing and possible shots being fired,” according to Detective Tracie Kittleson of the Tempe Police Department. “No evidence of shots fired was located in the mall ….”
Kittleson said there were two fights in the food court area at a time when the mall was very crowded.
“There were TPD officers in the food court area when the fights broke out who said they didn’t hear any shots,” Kittleson explained.
According to our photographer who was inside at the time, an employee at Burlington Coat Factory was telling people to leave the store. Those employees later said it was a false alarm.
“Police did not order a lockdown though reports of some stores were proactively going on lockdown,” Kittleson said. Officers went to those stores to speak with employees.”