'Everybody started running': No one hurt after gunfire erupts at Southcenter Mall


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    TUKWILA, Wash. -- The sound of gunfire at Southcenter Mall Monday afternoon sent some shoppers into a panic, but luckily no one was injured.

    Police swarmed the mall after reports of gunfire came in as people ran for safety -- some hiding in stock rooms; others heading for the exits.

    "I heard three shots and then I saw everybody just start running. And I started running," said Sam Grihm. "It was just scary. It was scary because you never know."

    Investigators later determined a gun went off in what they've called an "illegal discharge." No arrests have been made.

    Tukwila Police tweeted at 5 p.m. Monday that the mall is open and that security advised that any stores closed may reopen.

    The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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