American Dream Mall 'active shooter' hurts one person in New Jersey as shoppers flee and cops hunt suspects

POLICE say they are investigating a shooting at the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

An investigation is currently underway as police assess the situation.

NBC New York reports that one person appears to have been shot in the parking lot of the mall. The suspect also may have fled.

A senior law enforcement official said the victim walked into the mall and it was locked down as a precaution.

It’s unknown how many suspects there are in total and if the attack was targeted. 

The extent of the victim’s injuries is not known but sources say the person is conscious.

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New Jersey State Police announced in a tweet that they are investigating the shooting.

“The public is advised to avoid the area,” they wrote.

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According to NJSP, the shooting has been determined to not be an active shooter. 

“The mall is secure & troopers are in the process of salty removing patrons.” There is an area for people to meet up with their family members and the mall will remain closed.

Governor Phil Murphy has been briefed on the incident and has set up a command post.

“We are closely monitoring the situation, and are praying for those impacted. The public is advised to stay away from the area at this time.”

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Video from inside the mall shows stores locked down as customers and employees flee to safety.

“Freaking out! WTF is wrong with people?” wrote one person on Twitter. “I’m over here trying to keep my s**t together for our kids while my husband is in lockdown at the American Dream Mall due to active shooter.”

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