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Crime“Active Situation” at Great Mall brings in police from Milpitas, San Jose,...

“Active Situation” at Great Mall brings in police from Milpitas, San Jose, CHP

Police personnel from Milpitas, San Jose, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) poured into The Great Mall parking lot on Friday evening following reports of what authorities termed “an active situation.” A report had come from inside Burlington Coat Factory about a shooting that had occurred on the premises, which led to many mall shoppers and staffers sheltering in place.

Parts of the mall perimeter were surrounded by police vehicles, with some personnel brandishing heavy artillery outside. Most of the activity was centered on Burlington Coat Factory. 

Later on Twitter, the Milpitas Police Department (MPD) posted that they had been called there over a confrontation wherein someone was wielding a knife. This happened at 5:30pm. Read the tweet, “Shortly after [5:30] a shooting was reported inside of Burlington Coat Factory. Officers have checked the business and there is no indication a shooting occurred inside.”

As a result of the conflicting reports, police were conducting a search of the entire mall. One commenter on a Milpitas Beat Facebook post said, “We are here traped [sic] in a storage room.” However, police who swept the mall were reported to be escorting those who were sheltering in place outside.


Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He has won awards for journalism (CA Journalism Award) and screenwriting (Fade In Award), and has served as a ghostwriter, speechwriter, or script doctor for over 3,000 clients. His first novel is a dark political thriller called "Red Dennis" (2020). His first nonfiction book is a guide for helping writers be more productive called "Ass Plus Seat" (2020). He co-hosts the "House of Mystery Radio Show" on NBC News Radio. In 2023, Eric founded the Psychic Arts Center, dedicated to exploring psychic phenomena and assisting people through psychic readings.


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