November 21, 2017 07:26 PM
A man who entered a Scheels store hoping to have his firearm serviced triggered a short lockdown over the lunch hour at an Eden Prairie mall Tuesday, police say.
In a release, Eden Prairie police said a mall employee reported to officers than an adult male carrying a gun case entered the Scheels store at the Eden Prairie Center with the intent of having his firearm serviced.
When told there were no gun services at that location, the man left the mall.
But the report of a firearm triggered a lockdown, beginning at around 12:08 p.m. The all-clear came around 1 p.m.
The all clear has been given. The mall is no longer in lockdown. There was a weapon sighting in the mall. No shots were fired and no injuries occurred. Thank you to Eden @EdenPrairiePD, mall stores, mall staff and shoppers for your swift participation in the lockdown. https://t.co/OFplFCnWH9— Eden Prairie Center (@EdenPrairieCtr) November 21, 2017
Eden Prairie Center has been cleared and the mall is reopening. A statement will be released soon.— Eden Prairie PD (@EdenPrairiePD) November 21, 2017
Officers responded to the scene after the initial report and began the process of clearing the mall. Police said there were no reports of injuries.
Eden Prairie Center is on lockdown for a report of a person with a weapon. Please stay out of the area. If you are at the mall, please shelter in place.— Eden Prairie PD (@EdenPrairiePD) November 21, 2017
Those at the mall were asked to shelter in place.
Reports from the scene indicated people were being evacuated from the Target entrance, and a large police presence was visible on that side of the mall.
The mall, located at 8251 Flying Cloud Drive, is home to a Von Maur department store, 120 first-class shops and restaurants, an 18-screen AMC Theatre, the area's largest indoor play area and a food court with nine restaurants.
Updated: November 21, 2017 07:26 PM
Created: November 21, 2017 12:29 PM
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