Michigan mall robbery causes panic evacuation amid fears of ‘active shooter’ (VIDEOS)
Multiple eyewitnesses at Twelve Oaks Mall reported hearing gunshots, prompting fears of an active shooter situation.
At 12 oaks and the buildings evacuated, ton of cops roll in with assualt rifles, sick..— Drewie (@Drew_Thompson15) August 20, 2016
Videos of panicked shoppers fleeing the mall and a heavy presence of law enforcement were posted online.
Wow never have experienced a robbery at the mall until now. Shots were fired and 1 hit a guy. Blessed for my life pic.twitter.com/Go3wSg4c7N— Jill Jankowski (@jankowski77) August 20, 2016
However, it is now believed that three males smashed a jewelry store stand with a hammer, triggering a noise that sounded like gunfire, before making off with an unknown number of items.
UPDATE-THERE IS NO ACTIVE SHOOTER at Twelve Oaks Mall. We're investigating a smash & grab robbery at Tapper's Jewelry. Mall is on lockdown.— David Molloy (@ChiefMolloy) August 20, 2016
Police say that no shots were fired, but it is not yet known if the robbers were armed, according to Detroit Free Press.
Novi PD personnel & assisting agencies continue to search @twelveoaksmall for two of the robbery suspects. Again, NO Active Shooter.— David Molloy (@ChiefMolloy) August 20, 2016
The mall remains on lockdown and as of 7pm police are still searching the building for two of the suspects.