UPDATED: Three people injured while evacuating Tysons Corner Center, now closed after gunfire. Tysons Corner Center has been evacuated after reports of at least one gunshot fired in or near the mall.
Despite videos posted to social media showing people fleeing from the mall in a panic, after hearing gunfire, Fairfax County police say this is not an active shooter situation.
There are no reports of injuries stemming from the gunfire, but three people were transported to local hospitals with injuries sustained while fleeing, Fairfax County police said in a media briefing at 5:30 p.m.
“We’re going to find them. I promise you that,” Police Chief Kevin Davis said. “They’ll be held accountable, and that’s going to be in short order. This shouldn’t happen. It can’t happen. This isn’t acceptable to any of us, so enough. We’re going to find these guys and hold them accountable.”
Police said they were unable to confirm the number of shooters or how many shots were fired.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the shots were fired after a fight broke out “between a small group” in a walkway on the mall’s second floor. Just after 2:45 p.m., the county’s 911 call center received several calls from community members who said there had been a shooting.
One person told FFXnow shortly after 3 p.m. that a “stampede” prompted Coastal Flats to lock its doors. State police later let patrons and employees leave the restaurant via the exit by Barnes & Noble.
Another tipster says their son was barricaded in the store where he works, while other people reportedly hid in a store’s backroom after hearing shots and screams.
Tysons Corner Center has been closed since the incident, and it will remain shut down for the remainder of the day with a possible reopening tomorrow (Sunday), police said.
Several law enforcement departments from around the D.C. region joined Fairfax County in the emergency response. Virginia State Police assisted with traffic control.
Police said they found shell casings and other evidence of gunfire, and detectives are in the process of interviewing “double digits” of witnesses who remained on the scene.
No reports of active shooter at this time. Officers are clearing the mall to ensure suspects are no longer present and assisting those sheltering in place. If you are sheltered, please stay in place until officers come to assist. https://t.co/jJG9n2MTF6
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) June 18, 2022
Though he acknowledged that gun violence in the U.S. feels “relentless,” Davis sought to reassure the community that the largest mall in the D.C. area is safe, noting that the FCPD has a team of officers specifically assigned there.