Footage from Aventura Mall in Miami shows shoppers fleeing in terror after shots were reportedly fired, with witnesses saying people were “running and stomping” to escape.
Others have been forced into hiding inside shops and warehouses, according to local media.
Three people were taken to hospital, according to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Service, but the extent of their injuries is unclear.
A woman posted on Twitter: “Literally locked in a store in the Aventura Mall because there is an active shooter. ”
Unconfirmed reports claim that the shooting broke out at a Nordstrom store.
Images from inside the mall appear to show armed police searching for a gunman.
People inside the mall were forced into hiding in shops and storage rooms, according to Local 10.
This happened around 4 p.m. local time, 9 p.m. UK time.
A witness said: “Shooting in the Aventura shopping center, I was afraid for my children. I literally walked in and everyone was running.
Another wrote: “Locked up in a store because of the shooting @AdventureMall. Fortunately, my husband decided to leave early with our son and did not have to go through this tragic experience. I can’t wait to get home safe and kiss them both.
Miami-Dade police and fire rescue units were dispatched to the scene, CBS News reports.
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