MULTIPLE reports of an "active shooter" in a Washington mall emerged on Twitter tonight as SWAT teams, police, ambulances flocked to the chaotic scene.
Terrified Black Friday shoppers took to social media to describe how they were hiding out in stores as authorities arrived - and there is reportedly one victim, according to local media outlets citing police.
One person wrote that the mall "just survived fully automatic shooting."
"Sounded like fully automatic," they tweeted. "Screaming people were flooding out. life rlly b [sic] short and can b taken in an instant. grateful to have made it out."
"Reports of a shooting at @TacomaMall; stores currently on lockdown. Stay away from the area," tweeted a second person.
One concerned father wrote: "My daughter is in Nordstrom. Swat team just entered. Employees hiding."
"We got an active shooter at the mall. Do not come to the Tacoma Mall," wrote one user, who described that he was taking cover at the Gucci store inside.
"I’m in lockdown in the store so I’m Gucci," he went on.
"Bro get out if you can," one person told him. Meanwhile, noticed the hive of activity over the area as ambulances arrived.
"What is going on at the Tacoma Mall?!!!! So many police and ambulances!!!" noted one witness, who who shared a photo of flashing lights."
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Local reports indicated that gunfire erupted in the food court as businesses inside went into full lockdown at around 7.40PM local time.
The Tacoma Mall was the site of a 2005 mass shooting that saw gunman Dominick Maldonado use a semi-automatic rifle and pistol to hurt six people and instigate four armed kidnappings.
News of a reported active shooter there today comes after a Black Friday shooting left shoppers reeling in Durham, North Carolina, while shots were also fired at a Walmart in Washington state.
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