Several social media posts from people at the mall indicated they heard or witnessed a shooting inside the shopping center about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
An employee at a Victoria’s Secret in the mall told NBC4 a group of men were fighting outside the store before someone yelled: “He has a gun.” Multiple rounds were fired, but no one appeared to have been struck by gunfire, according to the employee.
The sheriff’s department could not immediately confirm the employee’s account.
Firefighters putting away the triage tarps. No victims reported. People in the mall being released store by store. pic.twitter.com/5tIGwofes2
The Riverside County Fire Department confirmed firefighter-paramedics responded to the shopping center at 22500 Town Circle, which had yellow police tape blocking at least once entrance.
An employee at Hot Dog on a Stick in the food court area said that area is open and appears to be operating as normal, but other businesses appeared to have their security gates pulled down.
Investigators were talking to witnesses and utilizing mall security cameras in the search.
The ex-boyfriend of a pregnant woman found dead in 2008 in her Moreno Valley apartment has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the deaths of her and her unborn child, after investigators reopened the cold case and obtained more evidence, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release.
Investigators learned last year that DNA analysis from a biological swab collected at the scene matched the ex-boyfriend, Russell Austin, 34, of Moreno Valley. He was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Moreno Valley, according to jail records.
Erica Lynn Johnson, 25, of Moreno Valley was found dead in her apartment in the 22300 block of Bay Avenue in Moreno Valley on Aug. 31, 2008.
She was pregnant at the time, and her 2-year-old son was found unharmed in the apartment.
Sheriff’s and Riverside County District Attorney’s Office investigators reopened the case in 2014 and submitted numerous items of evidence collected from the original investigation to a laboratory for DNA analysis, and re-interviewed original witnesses and associates of all parties, according to the news release.
Gunshots reportedly heard at Moreno Valley Mall
Sheriff’s homicide investigators presented their findings to the District Attorney’s office in January seeking murder charges in connection with Johnson’s death and that of her unborn child.
Austin was due in Riverside County Superior Court on Thursday, Feb. 8, but the results of a court appearance were not immediately available
Austin is in custody at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, according to jail records. No bail is set.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Investigator Jason Corey at the sheriff’s central homicide unit at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Ryan Bodmer at the district attorney’s office at 951-955-5400.
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