Shooting prompts lockdown at American Dream mall in East Rutherford, NJ
EAST RUTHERFORD — The American Dream reopened Friday morning after a shooting Thursday evening placed the mega-mall under lockdown.
State Police said the shooting involving one gunman and one victim was reported at 5:50 p.m.
While initial concerns that the gunfire could have been an "active shooter" situation resulted in the lockdown for a couple of hours, police determined that it was an isolated incident.
No arrests had been reported Friday morning and the condition of the victim was not released.
On Thursday evening, State Police instructed people who are looking to find loved ones to reunite at Lot 26. Troopers were helping visitors leave the building, officials said before 8:30 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy said just before 7 p.m. that he had been briefed on the shooting and that State Police had set up a command post at the facility. Murphy asked the public to stay clear of the area.
News 12 New Jersey and NBC 4 New York reported that there was a single victim who appears to have been shot in the mall's parking facility.
The Daily Voice, citing sources who they did not identify, said the victim walked into the mall before he was taken to the hospital.
Further information was not immediately available from authorities early Thursday evening.
Videos shared by visitors at the time of the lockdown show frightened shoppers scrambling for safety in the entertainment complex. A user on Twitter said he had been with nearly a hundred other people for 45 minutes in "a safe spot" during the lockdown.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated with further information from official sources.
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