DES PERES, Mo. – Police from multiple law enforcement agencies converged upon West County Center Friday evening in response to a reported shooting at the mall.
The shooting happened at 7:50 p.m. in the area of the PacSun store on the second level of the mall. An altercation happened between two groups of people. Somebody from one group took out a gun and fired at the other. No one was injured.
People have been detained in connection to the altercation and shooting. The mall was briefly placed on lockdown, forcing shoppers to remain inside stores and restaurants.
One shopper who had entered the mall from the lower level near Dick’s Sporting Goods told FOX 2 he heard several gunshots and saw a man coming down an escalator with a weapon in hand. The man and several other bystanders ran to the Gap nearby to take cover, unaware of the situation and not knowing if anyone else was in danger.
One woman said she was trying to get her grandson while he was still inside the mall. The initial call to police came out for an “active shooter.”