Police determine panic at Town Center Mall in Boca Raton was not caused by gunfire

Police determine panic at Town Center Mall in Boca Raton was not caused by gunfire
Boca Raton police have responded to reports of a shooting at Town Center Mall in Boca Raton. (Source: WPTV)

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Police responded to multiple reports of shots fired at Town Center Mall in Boca Raton on Sunday, but later determined that no shots were fired.

“The tips seem to center around a loud noise that occurred," said Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander.

He said a man -- who originally was reported as having had a possible gunshot wound -- was determined to have experienced a trauma injury after hitting his head on a door while trying to flee the mall.

“I hear a boom! And I thought that boom was like a balloon or someone falling or something, but as I look back … I see a bunch of kids yelling and crying and screaming, 'Run, run, run, a shooter!" recounted witness Stephanie Silva.

Detectives were able to recover both blood and hair on that door.

They have not identified any suspect or any evidence of any shots being fired. The police chief said no weapon, casings or rounds of ammunition have been found on the scene.

“We have not identified any suspect, no gunshots or gunfire," said Chief Alexander. “Right now we’re currently combing with assistance of ATF, they have dogs that can determine that, so that will be a focus of our investigation.”

According to Alexander, the tips they received centered around a loud noise that occurred.

“The important thing to remember is that something happened in that mall today to cause people to get concerned, a lot of people," he said.

At this time detectives do not know what made the loud noise that caused the panic. Their investigation is ongoing and they are still reviewing surveillance video from inside the mall.

If anyone has any information or witnessed the noise or incident at the mall on Sunday, Boca Raton Police are asking you to call their tip line at 561-416-3359.

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