At least three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a shooting Saturday afternoon at Aventura Mall in South Florida, Aventura Police said.
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Major Michael Bentolila of Aventura said that two groups of people got into an altercation outside a Hugo Boss shop. One individual brandished a knife, prompting another member of the other side to take out a gun and begin shooting.
Multiple law enforcement authorities are reportedly searching for the gunman, who escaped the mall, according to Bentolila.
At 3:39 p.m., authorities began reacting to the mall. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, at least three patients were taken to a nearby facility, and one is reportedly in the trauma center.
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Social networking videos show citizens fleeing the mall and some seeking refuge in shops.
Derek Smart, a local video game artist, uploaded a video showing many people attempting to crouch undercover.
Smart Posted on Twitter that he was at a loss for words and that it was the most heartbreaking thing he had ever seen in his whole life. Moms, children, crying and shouting, stumbling and tripping, children – lost in the melee – wandering about aimlessly in pursuit of their parents.
Bentolila confirmed that no threats have been made against the mall, which is currently closed.