BREAKING: The Kentucky mall is closed according to reports from an active shooter
- Lexington police said there was no active shooter at Fayette Mall on Sunday
- 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 following initial reports from an active shooter.
At 4 p.m., police told the public to stay out of the area around Fayette Mall after police officers received reports of gunfire around 4 p.m.
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 told to seek shelter while locals were told to avoid the area.
Videos posted on social media by customers in shopping malls show a long line of people quietly exiting the building through what appears to be a side fire exit.
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 have arrived and cleared the premises
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
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.
No arrests have been confirmed.
Further updates will follow.