Police cordoned off the Kentucky mall after visitors ran to the exits when they heard 8 or 9 gunshots – although police say there is no active shooter
- Lexington police said there was no active shooter at Fayette Mall on Sunday
- Witnesses said they started running when they heard 8 or 9 gunshots
- Cops evacuated the mall and started a door-to-door search of all stores
- Customers and employees were protected during the lockdown on LexTran buses
- The police urged drivers to stay away from the area around the mall
Police in Lexington, Kentucky, have evacuated a mall and are conducting searches of every store after officials confirmed shots were fired inside the building and shots rushed guests to exits after being shot.
At 4 p.m., police told the public to stay out of the vicinity of the Fayette Mall after police officers received reports of gunfire and a possible active shooter.
But a little over an hour later, Lexington police tweeted, "This is not an active shooter."
Police surrounded the mall, which was cordoned off as shoppers were instructed to seek refuge while locals were instructed to avoid the area.
Videos posted on social media by customers in shopping malls show a long line of people quietly coming out of the building through what appears to be a side fire exit.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots on Sunday afternoon at Fayette Mall in Lexington, Kentucky
Initial reports of an active shooter in Fayette Mall on Sunday prompted Lexington, Kentucky police to act
According to initial reports from an active shooter, several fire engines were seen in front of the mall
Images uploaded to social media show visitors to the mall calmly reporting through a side emergency exit after the police arrived and cleared the premises
Fayette Mall guests can be seen above the evacuation on Sunday afternoon after police locked the building following reports of a shooting
When customers leave the building, they walk to the parking lot and entrance, where they notice a heavy police presence.
Several fire engines were also discovered at the scene.
There were unconfirmed witness reports that an unidentified man was shot in the head during the incident, according to WLEX-TV.
Another reports that they saw someone being carried out on a stretcher.
Two witnesses, Alicia Spurlock and Brandon Powell of Jackson County, said they were at the mall when they heard 8 or 9 gunshots.
Lexington Police asked locals to stay out of the Fayette Mall area
Shortly after 5 p.m. local time, Lexington police announced that there were no active shooters in the mall
That's when people started running, they said.
"We just heard several shots," Spurlock told the Lexington Herald Leader.
“It took me a minute to register what that was. Everyone just started running. & # 39;
Powell was in the men's room when a woman came in and told him what was going on.
"She said, 'I'm sorry, someone is shooting," he said.
This story will be updated pending further developments.