There are reports of an active shooter situation at Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater, Florida near Miami. The mall is being evacuated after police received reports Saturday night that an active shooter is loose in the mall. Dozens of police and ems vehicles have arrived at the scene located at Northwest 12th Street but no injuries have been reported yet. Police are still looking for the shooter. One shopper describes the scene inside the mall where she was shopping at a Gap Store. She said employees of Gap began closing the doors and urging all shoppers to get out immediately.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING: “All I could think about was getting my baby out.” This Dolphin Mall shopper hid in the bushes for safety. <a href="https://t.co/KZl4GryOvG">https://t.co/KZl4GryOvG</a> <a href="https://t.co/vewcBoYpar">pic.twitter.com/vewcBoYpar</a></p>— Erika Glover 🎥 (@ErikaGloverNBC6) <a href="https://twitter.com/ErikaGloverNBC6/status/899091568824635393">August 20, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Quintana was at the mall shopping with family and her newborn baby when it happened. She ran out of the mall and hid in bushes near the parking lot for 20 minutes before finally making her way to her car. Quintana told NBC 6 in an interview, "All we did was just pray." Other witnesses report hearing a loud boom while others described the noise as gunshots. Sweetwater Police officials say they don't believe there is an active shooter but they are taking every precaution and treating the incident as if there were.
Dolphin Mall is located in Miami-Dade county and is the areas largest shopping mall. In a video posted on Twitter, a Sweetwater Police officer can be seen walking through the mall carrying what appeared to be a large rifle. The chaotic scene that ensued after the evacuation left dozens of shoppers terrified. Tensions are still high in Florida after two police officers were ambushed and shot to death Friday night in Kissimmee.
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