Police: Fight, not shots fired, causes evacuation at Delaware's Christiana Mall

Andrew Kramer
December 21, 2018 - 11:37 pm

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NEWARK, Del. (KYW Newsradio) — Just days before Christmas, the Delaware State Police say they still investigating an incident that promted an evacuation of the Christiana Mall Friday night.

The incident, police say, began just after 8:30 p.m., "there was a report of shots fired in the Christiana Mall in Newark, Delaware," said Master Corporal Michael Austin.  

Austin says authorities responded, but found no evidence of a shooting. In a statement released Saturday, police believe a "large" fight occurred and "a glass container broke and a metal sign fell to the floor." 

Patrons and employees immediately began fleeing the area, and "evacuations took place, as well as some lockdowns, within individual stores within the mall," Austin said.

According to authorities, there was no evidence recovered that a weapon was present or even discharged within the mall. 

Austin says troopers had already happened to be on scene for a security detail when this all started.

"Delaware State Police has done training in the past with the mall complex themselves as well as individual stores in the event an active shooter event occurred within the mall complex," he said. 

Those procedures went into place right away, Austin says, in this instance. 

Police did say that there were various reports of minor injuries from people who were fleeing the scene, and that this incident remains under investigation.

The Christiana Mall has reopend for its regularly scheduled holiday hours on Saturday.