Officers responded Friday evening to multiple reports of possible gunshots at a mall in Santa Ana, but police found no victims or anyone with a weapon, officials said.
Shortly after 8 p.m., the Santa Ana Police Department began receiving calls regarding an incident at the Westfield MainPlace, located at 2800 North Main Street, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
A fistfight may have taken place near the movie theater at the mall, after which someone yelled out that shots had been fired, causing “pandemonium,” the corporal said.
Additional officers had already been stationed at the shopping mall due to the holiday season, according to Bertagna.
Several people took to social media after the melee, many of them expressing fear and uncertainty over what had happened.
An Instagram video, which contains graphic language, shows a crowd of people running through a department store.
“So imagine being at the mall ready to pay when all of a sudden everyone in the mall starts running out, some people saying bomb and the others saying there’s gun shots (sic),” the video’s caption said. “First thing that came to mind was take cover and record.”