Police: No shooting at Lynnhaven Mall despite panic, social media reports

Sierra Jenkins, The Virginian-Pilot
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False reports about an active shooter Tuesday in Lynnhaven Mall resulted in a panic on social media and a large police presence at the shopping center.

Jennifer Cragg, a police spokesperson, said there was no active shooter or a shooting at the mall Tuesday.

Cragg said a fight broke out and bystanders probably began to post about the altercation, causing people to “jump to conclusions.”

It is unclear how many people were involved in the fight.

She said one person involved in the altercation had a weapon but didn’t specify what kind.

Multiple people posted on social media about a lockdown. When asked whether the mall issued one, a spokesperson for the shopping center said there was no lockdown.

Lynnhaven Mall security said management for the shopping center was working to put out a statement about the scare.

The stir comes days after a chaotic night of shootings Friday at the Oceanfront in which two people were killed — one by police — and eight people were injured.

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Sierra Jenkins, 229-462-8896, sierra.jenkins@virginiamedia.com