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Parts of Sawgrass Mills mall in Sunrise were evacuated and other zones were placed on lockdown Sunday afternoon following a robbery, police say.
The 911 call originally came in reporting an active shooter, but that turned out to be false as pandemonium filled the sprawling complex, police say.
Officers are combing the mall for a “shoplifter who had a knife,” according to police. SWAT is also on the scene.
“Sunrise Police Department are not working an active shooter at Sawgrass Mills Mall,” the department posted on Twitter. “The incident was a shoplifting where the suspect had a knife. We are searching for the subject within the mall.”
A Sunrise police spokesman told the Miami Herald “police are not letting anyone inside the mall.”
“Some areas of the mall were placed on lockdown and others were evacuated. We are still trying to identify what exactly happened.”
The mall was filled with back-to-school shoppers a few days before classes begin in Broward.
This report will be updated as more information becomes available.