Man Shot At New Jersey Shopping Mall, Shoppers Evacuated

Man Shot At New Jersey Shopping Mall, Shoppers Evacuated
Man wounded in shooting inside N.J. mall at the end of Black Friday
A shooting at The Mills at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth wounded a man Friday evening during the waning hours of Black Friday.

Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage said a male was shot in the wrist while in a hallway between the Tommy Hilfiger and Marshalls stores. The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m.

“When Elizabeth police responded they immediately locked down the mall,” said Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage. “They then had the parking lot emptied and after the parking lot was sufficiently emptied they allowed the customers in the mall to start to leave, as the customers were leaving they then went through each store individually.”

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“No suspect has been apprehended and the victim is not cooperating on identifying the suspect,” the mayor said in a Facebook post. “Police are reviewing camera footage. The mall has been evacuated and all shoppers are out. No one is in danger at the moment.”

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Elizabeth police said earlier they they were responding to two medical calls at the shopping center, commonly called Jersey Gardens mall. Police said they would have more information later in the evening.

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Jersey Gardens Mall went into lockdown Friday evening at about 8:05 p.m. when it was reported that shots were heard in the area of the food court. #BlackFriday2018 #Jerseygardenmall #BeSafe pic.twitter.com/QbikQIuhFm

Shoppers who posted on social media during the incident described chaotic scenes in some areas as people took cover in stores or fled the shopping center on Kapkowski Road just east of the New Jersey Turnpike.

There was mass panic after at least two shots were heard at The Mills at Jersey Gardens shopping centre in Elizabeth, in the US state of New Jersey.

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The mayor said the center has been opened since 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving and had served 25,000 shoppers. It was scheduled to close at 10 p.m. Friday.

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The mall, operated by the mall giant Simon, bills itself as New Jerseys largest outlet and value retail center with over 200 stores all under one roof. The Tommy Hilfiger store is the largest in the country, the malls website says.  

Mobile phone footage from the scene shows terrified shoppers fleeing for their lives or ducking to the floor, while a man yells: “Get down!”

There was a shooting at Jersey Garden Mall. This video doesnt show anything but I hope people on lock down get to leave soon.. pic.twitter.com/Jg2h943EIe

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One male victim was shot once in the wrist, according to Elizabeth Police. He was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition. No other injuries have been reported.

The Elizabeth Police Department said in a Facebook post that police officers and medical personnel had responded to two medical calls at the Jersey Gardens Mall. Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage claimed two men got into a fight near the Tommy Hilfiger and Marshalls stores around 8pm (1am GMT) and that “at one point, one man shot the other”. He wrote in a statement: “There was an incident earlier this evening at The Mills at Jersey Gardens.

Martins says the shopping center had been open since 10 a.m. Thursday, with approximately 25,000 shoppers throughout that time and was set to close at 10 p.m.

Police are still looking for the shooter while the man shot was taken to university Hospital in Newark.

The shooting started a stampede in the shopping centre, which saw at least 25.000 shoppers over the course of Black Friday.

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Mobile phone footage from the scene shows terrified shoppers fleeing for their lives or ducking to the floor, while a man yells: “Get down!”

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Tweeting pictures from the scene, he said: “Everyone is being evacuated and there are some still too afraid to leave the stores.”

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The Mills Jersey Gardens shopping centre was set to stay open until 10pm but it has now been closed. 


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