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The Aventura Police said Sunday they have no evidence of any gunfire at the Aventura Mall, despite the panicked evacuation of the mall that took place Saturday evening.
“There were no victims of any shooting located and all investigable leads have resulted in no indication of any shooting or gunfire within the mall,” the police department said in a news release issued late Sunday afternoon. “The Aventura Police Department is continuing this investigation.”
Reports of possible shots fired at the mall came to the department at about 7 p.m. The pre-Christmas rush of shoppers was evacuated, as police investigated.
“Police Officers from the City of Aventura and multiple surrounding agencies were immediately dispatched to the scene,” the department said in its Sunday afternoon news release. “This incident resulted in the evacuation of the mall and caused heavy traffic delays for several hours as holiday shoppers exited the area.”
At 7:58 p.m., the mall’s Twitter account reported that the mall was being evacuated. At 8:21 p.m. Aventura police reported there was not a shooting at the mall.
Shoppers and employees captured videos of the panic and fear of the situation.
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) December 24, 2017
Some didn’t hear shots, but did hear the screaming people running through the mall.
A tweet on the Police Department’s twitter account urged the public to stay away from the Aventura Mall. A number of Twitter users reported hearing shots, but Aventura police did not say what prompted the evacuation Saturday evening.
#AventuraPolice has determined that a shooting DID NOT take place at Aventura Mall. The scene is secure but traffic in the area is heavy.
— Aventura Police (@aventurapolice) December 24, 2017
About 30 minutes after the evacuation, police gave the all clear. Aventura police said on Twitter that “a shooting DID NOT take place at Aventura Mall. The scene is secure but traffic in the area is heavy.”
The mall remained closed Saturday night, but would reopened Sunday as scheduled.
Miami-Dade Transit by the mall’s bus terminal was closed. About 20 minutes later, though, an announcement was made it was open again.
This comes on the heels of similar shooting scares at the Westland Mall in Hialeah last month and the Dolphin Mall in Miami in August.