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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.

 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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