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No victims found after report of shots fired 'terrifies' crowd in Aurora mall parking lot

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Posted at 10:20 AM, May 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-29 20:01:21-04

AURORA, Colo. — Police are investigating after a report of shots fired in the Aurora mall parking lot "terrified" a crowd Saturday night. No shooting victims were located.

According to Aurora police, the department received several 911 calls around 10 p.m. that shots were fired in the parking lot at Town Center at Aurora, located at 14200 E. Alameda Ave.

Officers from three districts responded but they did not locate any causalities at the scene nor did any hospital report a gunshot victim. Police also confirmed that no shell casings were found. However, police said a crowd in the mall’s parking lot was “naturally terrified.”

The mall was closed at the time of the reported shooting, but the Spring Carnival was operating in the southwest parking lot at the time. Possibly on edge from the recent school shooting in Texas, the sound of what was believed to be gunfire sent people at the carnival running, according to video posted to social media.

Aurora police said they have off-duty officers working the carnival event and they said they will continue their presence throughout the holiday weekend. They urged attendees to report any suspicious behavior to authorities immediately.

A spokesperson for the mall sent Denver7 the following statement:

“The safety of our guests, retailers and employees is our top priority. The Aurora Police Department confirmed there is no active shooter. We are working closely with the Aurora Police Department as they investigate this incident. For more information, please contact the Aurora Police Department directly at 303.739.6000.”