Multiple agencies were assisting Milpitas police Saturday evening in handling a shooting at the Great Mall, as frightened holiday shoppers were asked to temporarily shelter in place as officers cleared one store at a time.
Milpitas police issued a statement on Twitter saying officers were currently investigating a shooting at the mall. They had also asked stores to have shoppers shelter in place, while implored other people to stay away from the area.
MPD is currently investigating a shooting at the Great Mall. Out of an abundance of caution we have asked all stores to shelter-in-place while officers continue assessing the situation. Please stay away from the area and we’ll provide additional updates shortly.
— Milpitas Police (@MilpitasPD) December 20, 2020
Milpitas police did not offer any other details about the shooting, including about any victims and whether a suspect was still at large. First responders were seen transporting one victim on a stretcher from the mall, a photographer from AIO Filmz said, adding that the person may have been shot in the Old Navy store.
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Michael Low said at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday that his office was assisting Milpitas police with what he said was “a very active and ongoing incident right now.”
Other witnesses said that officers from San Jose police and other agencies also were at the mall assisting Milpitas police.
Milpitas resident Nikhil Saraf, who lives across the street from the mall, said he looked out his living room window and saw multiple police vehicles converge on the indoor mall, which is one of the largest in Northern California.
Saraf said he heard about the shelter in place orders but it looked like police were allowing people to leave one store at a time.
Videos posted to social media showed anxious customers, suddenly being asked to shelter in place, and trying to call people outside to let them know they are safe.
Other videos showed customers quickly walking or running out, one by one, with hands raised. Some carried carried shopping bags, and some fell into the arms of people waiting for them on the outside.
This is a developing story. Check back for more information.