The Latest: Chief confirms shots fired at New York mall

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (AP) " The Latest on reports of gunshots at a mall in upstate New York (all times local):

Gunfire has erupted at a crowded mall in upstate New York, sending hundreds of shoppers fleeing in a panic.

The police chief in Guilderland has confirmed that shots were fired but says no one was injured in the incident at Crossgates Mall in suburban Albany.

Witnesses told police they heard one, possibly two, shots fired around 2:30 p.m. Saturday near the Apple store.

Chief Carol Lawlor says the mall still was on lockdown about six hours later, protected by more than 100 officers. The chief says a shooter may still be hiding somewhere in the mall, but no suspects had been found.

Investigators checked security cameras for clues.

State Police Maj. Bill Keeler told the Albany Times-Union that reports coming in suggested a possible confrontation between two men who fled.

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This story has been corrected to show the police chief's last name is Lawlor, not Lawlar and the shopping mall is Crossgates, not Crosslands.

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5:50 p.m.

Law enforcement agencies are responding to a suburban Albany, New York, mall after a report of one or two shots fired.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Police in Guilderland were alerted around 2:25 p.m. Saturday about shots fired inside the Crossgates Mall. Hundreds of people were evacuated. Some sheltered inside the mall, which was locked down. Police from multiple agencies were searching the mall property and checking security footage.

State Police Maj. Bill Keeler told the Albany Times-Union there were reports of a shooting that seemed "like a confrontation" between two men who fled the scene. But police could not confirm those reports.

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3:50 p.m.

Law enforcement agencies are responding to a suburban Albany, New York, mall after a report of one or two shots fired.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Police in Guilderland got a report around 2:25 p.m. Saturday about shots fired inside the Crossgates Mall.

The Albany Times-Union says hundreds of people were evacuated and the mall was locked down.

Further information was not immediately available.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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