US mall put in lockdown over gunman

AFP , Tuesday 5 Nov 2013

Conflicting witness accounts over the number of shots heard at a New Jersey mall shooting

Authorities put a shopping mall in Paramus, New Jersey, on lockdown late Monday after a gunman fired at least one shot but no one was injured, the town's mayor said.

The shooter is believed to have fled the mall, Mayor Richard Labarbiera said on CNN, citing police. He said one shell casing had been found, despite earlier reports that several shots were heard.

"Everyone in the mall is well," he said.

Shooting erupted at the Garden State Plaza Mall around 9:20 pm local time, CNN television reported. One gunman dressed in black was being sought by police, NBC said.

Witnesses gave varying accounts of the number of shots they heard, the reports said.

Many stores scrambled to close their gates at the popular mall in a suburban area near New York City.

Shocked workers and shoppers scurried out in a an alarming incident that recalled September's tragedy at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya where an attack claimed by Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab killed at least 67 people.

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