The mall shooting at Tysons Corner Center
Updated: Police are investigating The mall shooting at Tysons Corner Center, which is closed until Sunday, be more careful
Panicked shoppers and employees fled the Tysons Corner Center in Tysons Corner, Virginia, Saturday afternoon, after a shooting inside the mall.
The mall is closed for the remainder of Saturday as police investigate the shooting, but will reopen at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
On Saturday evening, law enforcement remained at the scene in Tysons to gather evidence, interview witnesses and ensure that people who had taken shelter inside the mall were able to leave safely.
Executive Vice President Brian Riley of Fairfax County Sheriff’s said three people were taken to hospital with injuries sustained while fleeing the mall, but that “no one was injured from the shooting.”
At a news conference, Fairfax police said they were going through hundreds of security cameras and were talking to several witnesses who stayed behind to share what they saw.
According to police, a small group fight erupted on a driveway on the second floor of the mall near Macy’s, when a man described as a black man in a black hoodie and jeans carried a firearm and released him.
Police say they may have identified the suspects and a vehicle involved in the shooting, but the investigation is still ongoing and they will not release any information at this time.
Fairfax County Sheriff Kevin Davis said people at the mall, shoppers, staff, mall security and local law enforcement did “exemplary” work to coordinate with the shooting and its aftermath.
Activate the emergency alarm system
With the shooting happening, many Tysons employees and shoppers fled the mall to the parking lot and nearby areas.
Others closed stores and took cover when they heard the mall’s emergency alarm system activated.