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Nov 4, 2013 11:08 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

NJ mall on lockdown after shots fired

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - Police are searching for a gunman at a mall in northern New Jersey after shots were fired inside it just before closing.

WCBS-TV reports that shots were fired at Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall around 9:30 p.m. Monday. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

People inside the mall tell the television station that it is on lockdown.

Frightened customers are tweeting that they're being escorted out by armed state troopers. One woman writes that she ran from the mall "screaming."

Emergency radio transmissions say authorities are waiting for SWAT teams to arrive. No contact has been with a shooter.

The mall is located in Bergen County, about 22 miles southwest of Manhattan.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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