Suspect Sought After Gun Scare That Closed Century City Mall and Panicked Shoppers

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A suspect linked to a March 15, 2019 incident at Century City Mall appears in a surveillance image released by Los Angeles police. (Credit: Los Angeles Police Department)

A suspect linked to a March 15, 2019 incident at Century City Mall appears in a surveillance image released by Los Angeles police. (Credit: Los Angeles Police Department)

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Los Angeles police are searching for a suspect in connection with an incident that triggered panic among shoppers and forced the evacuation of the Westfield Century City mall on Friday following reports of a man with a gun and a suspicious package.

Police released a surveillance camera photo on social media of the suspect, described as 20 to 25 years old, 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10 and 130 to 150 pounds. The man in the photograph is wearing a blue and white sweatshirt with a white headband.

The LAPD tweet said the man is wanted on possible arson and assault charges. “He is considered armed & dangerous. If seen, do not approach & call 911,” the posting stated. Anyone with information can also call (213) 486-7260.

The mall was reopened Friday evening after police failed to locate a gunman and determined that a suspicious package did not contain an explosive, police said.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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