Unfounded gunfire reports cause chaos at Westland Mall

HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) - Reports of shots fired at Westland Mall in Hialeah have added to the chaos and activity from Black Friday.

Hialeah Police responded to the scene at around 1:50 p.m. after receiving the initial reports. Large groups of people could be seen outside the mall as officers investigated.

Before it was clear what exactly was going on, witnesses, said, shoppers at the mall went into a panic.

“Suddenly, everybody starts running away from the mall,” said Maximino Rivero. “There was presence of police everywhere.”

According to Hialeah Police, after canvassing the area and searching the mall, they were unable to locate any suspects or victims. They also said they were not able to confirm that any shots were fired, or that anyone actually witnessed any gunfire.

“Shots were not fired. Nothing happened, it was a false alarm,” said Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez. “I mean, apparently somebody thought they heard shots were fired, and again it caused a commotion, we responded and it’s been clear now, and thank God nothing happened.”

Eventually, the mall took to Facebook to reveal that someone pulled a fire alarm, causing the commotion.

No injuries were reported. However, some people were treated for anxiety attacks.

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