EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (PIX11) — A police investigation is underway after a person was injured in a shooting at American Dream Mall in East Rutherford Thursday, officials said.
Police are searching for three possible suspects who fled the scene right after the shooting around 5:50 p.m., officials said.
“It is still considered an active scene as authorities on site conduct controlled evacuation activities, the Borough of Rutherford tweeted at 9:32 p.m.
The New Jersey State Police set up a command post after the shooting, Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Thursday night.
“We are closely monitoring the situation, and are praying for those impacted. The public is advised to stay away from the area at this time,” he wrote.
A man named Monte Mohammad shared footage he livestreamed from inside the mall with PIX11 News. In it, a security message can be heard telling mall customers to stay in place. Eventually, state police enter to debrief people hiding.
As of 8:17 p.m., it was determined there was not an “active shooter” situation ongoing.
“The mall is secure and troopers are in the process of safely removing patrons,” New Jersey State Police tweeted. “The American Dream will remain closed.”
One woman who was inside the mall tweeted about the incident, calling it the “scariest thing” that has ever happened to her. She wrote a man was shot in the chest twice, but officials did not confirm that information as of 7:17 p.m.
American Dream is New Jersey’s largest mall and the second largest in the United States.