BREAKING: New Jersey mall is placed on lockdown after at least one woman is injured during Black Friday shooting as police warn gunman is still at large
- Jersey Gardens Mall in Elizabeth was placed on lockdown on Friday evening
- Cops got reports of a shooting outside the Tommy Hilfiger store
- At least one woman was hit in the arm when the shooter opened fire
- Police have surrounded the mall and are performing a sweep of the building, but say the gunman remains at large
Police have surrounded a New Jersey mall after a gunman opened fire, injuring at least one woman.
Jersey Gardens Mall in Elizabeth was placed on lockdown on Friday evening after police received 911 calls to report a shooting outside the Tommy Hilfiger store at just after 8pm.
At least one woman was hit in the arm when the shooter opened fire and local officers say they received a medical call regarding another individual.
Police have surrounded the mall and are performing a sweep of the building, but say the gunman remains at large.
The shooter is described as a white male wearing a black beanie and dressed in black.
The public is advised to avoid the area.
Elizabeth Police Department said in a statement: ‘Police and emergency medical personnel have responded to 2 medical calls at the Jersey Gardens Mall. Police are continuing to investigate the nature of these incidents.’
Shoppers described getting caught up in the crowd fleeing the mall after gunshots rang out.
Mark Alban wrote: ‘Crazy close call. We were at Jersey Gardens Mall, and suddenly everyone started running & screaming. We didn’t wait to find out why. I’m curious what the reports are. We made it safely to the car, but now stuck in the gridlock.’