Officials have confirmed Saturday evening that the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and Milpitas Police are on the scene of a shooting at the Great Mall in Milpitas.
Police said via tweet that all stores have been asked to shelter in place and people are advised to avoid the area.
“Search teams are systematically searching all stores that were sheltering in place, and will be escorting employees and customers out into the parking lot,” Milpitas Police said in a tweet. “Officers and detectives remain on scene and are actively investigating this incident.”
Witness Angelo Palma said that he and a friend were coming from a church meeting when they decided to stop by the mall. He said they were in Columbia when they saw people running.
“We started running,” Palma said. “Everyone starts running. A shooting, everyone just started running. People were running forward, people were running back. People were falling. It was hectic.”
No other information is immediately available. This is a developing story, please check back for updates.