The evacuation of Westfield Century City took place at about 5:30 p.m. after a report from a man with a gun and a suspicious package prompted panic among shoppers and mall employees.
After an hour's investigation, Los Angeles said a policeman had no evidence of shooting there, and bomb squad officials decided that a suspicious explosive at the scene was not an explosion.
UPDATE: The LAPD has cleared the Mall City Mall and is being reopened for businesses. There was no evidence that a firing squad & bomb had fixed an explosive device was not suspicious. We are very grateful for the patience of everyone to deal with this long event.
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No one was immediately detained or arrested but there was a suspicion that a person could light the box on fire. Investigators said no injuries were reported.
It all started shortly before 1 p.m. Los Angeles police said officials were directed to a suspicious box within the Amazon Repository during the search of a reported man. A video from AIR7 HD showed that smoke was coming from the Amazon Store. It's not clear what was inside the box.
The box began to smoke when someone who was described by Witnesses as a man with green bands and sharp hair left the Amazon store. The authorities were looking at a surveillance video to see if that person was lighting the pack on fire.
The LAPD later tweeted a Friday night photo of what they reported as arson and an assault with dead suspects. It stays on the run and is reported to be Hispanic or Asian, 20-25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches in height and 130-150 pounds. It is to be considered armed and dangerous, police said.
Arson / attack is charged with a deadly weapon from the Century City Mall adventure. Male, maybe Spanish or Asian, 20-25 years old, 5 '8' to 10 ', 130-150 lbs. It is to be considered armed and dangerous. If you see them, please contact & call 911. Any information contact Major Crimes 213-486-7260 pic.twitter.com/J6ydu3TsVG
– LAPD Headquarters (@LAPDHQ) 16 March, 2019
At about 2:30 pm LAPD insisted on the people who were hiding there to stay calm and depart from the site. Illustrated images were sent to the Eyewitness Newsroom that customers were hiding inside the H&M basement. After being stuck there for about two hours, they were later transferred.
All the available police resources to the Mall, including the bomb squad, were deployed during the incident.
Authorities cleared out of the mall safely. Many shoppers and employees were the closest exit. Beverly Hills High School nearby was locked as a precaution because of an incident, Beverly Hills Police Department said.
It was an alarming case for many people.
"I just had to start work and then I saw my colleagues running, and he said, 'Hit everything and run,' and we ran out the door. And we run out the door, we heard a shot, and then I saw security, and said mall security just to keep running, going ahead, "said the mall mall Gisell Lopez.
A former Florida gubernatorial candidate, Andrew Gillum, was on the center and let him inside within hours. It was live-tweeted during the episode and he shared a video after he went out.
"It made me feel the fact that my three children and many children are out there training each day at our schools, and that we, as a society, are so enthusiastic that we could the words and thinking that you are fleeing from a potential shooter – this is normal. It's not normal, it's not okay, "he said.
Police set up an outline around the center and closed down Santa Monica Boulevard because of the investigation. It has been reopened since.
LA West LAPD Division is responding to “Active Shooter” calls at the Mall City Century. We have officers on site who are cleaning the site, but at this time we have no evidence of shooting or victims.
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