US mall in lockdown after shots fired

2013-11-05 07:15
A woman runs in the parking lot of the Garden State Plaza Mall following reports of a shooter. (Julio Cortez, AFP)

A woman runs in the parking lot of the Garden State Plaza Mall following reports of a shooter. (Julio Cortez, AFP)

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New York - Authorities put a shopping mall in Paramus, New Jersey, on lockdown late on Monday after a gunman was spotted and witnesses reported hearing shots, US media said.

No injuries were immediately reported.

Shooting erupted at the Garden State Plaza Mall around 21:20 local time, CNN television reported. One gunman dressed in black was being sought by police, NBC said.

Witnesses gave varying accounts of the number of shots they heard, the reports said.

Many stores scrambled to close their gates, but CNN cited Bergen county officials as saying the suspect was still at large over an hour after the shooting was first heard at the popular mall in a suburban area near New York City.

Shocked workers and shoppers scurried out in a an alarming incident that recalled September's tragedy at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya where an attack claimed by Somalia's al-Qaeda linked Shebaab killed at least 67 people.

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