Updated at 4:20 p.m. — Tysons Corner Center is open after police confirmed that reports of gunshots in the mall were spurred by a light fixture falling.
Earlier: Tysons Corner Center was evacuated this afternoon (Sunday) after gunshots were reportedly heard inside the mall, prompting some to shelter in stores and a police response.
However, a spokesperson for the mall tells FFXnow that there were zero gunshots, attributing the noise that caused people to panic to a light fixture shattering.
“Tysons Corner Center experienced an operational matter regarding a light fixture near the Nordstrom wing corridor,” spokesperson Maurisa Potts said. “There was no active shooter on the property.”
The Fairfax County Police Department said in a tweet at 3:18 p.m. that it was on the scene had not found anything “at this point.”
“Please avoid the area while officers continue to clear the mall,” the FCPD said.
Officers are at Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd, in McLean for report of gunshots inside the mall. Nothing found at this point. Please avoid the area while officers continue to clear the mall. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/OrUDvnOAY5
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) August 7, 2022
Word of an active shooter has proliferated on Twitter over the past hour, but the fears appear to be unfounded this time.
Shots fired in the mall on June 18 prompted widespread panic that injured three people. D.C. resident Noah Settles was charged in that incident, which police said stemmed from conflict between two “crews” based in D.C.
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