Police officers responded to an active shooter call after shots were reportedly fired inside the Dolphin Mall Saturday night.
However, after an initial search that took over an hour, no victims are shooter were found.
Despite the clean sweep, police still declared the mall as an active scene.
The mall at 11401 NW 12th St. was on lockdown as police officers scanned the area. Customers being held inside inside the mall tell Local 10 News they see police walking with rifles.
"The calls came in as a potential shots fired," Sweetwater Commissioner Marcos Villanueva, a former police lieutenant, told Local 10 News.
According to a Miami-Dade police detective at the scene, the mall was being evacuated and a perimeter had been set up around the mall as police look for a shooter.
Shoppers were seen running out of the mall in panic. Later, people were being led out of the mall in groups with their hands up over their heads.
"We were eating at the food court and the fire alarm was going off," Local 10 Facebook follower Alicia told the station. "Everyone was screaming and running to the exits. Scary. But we made it out to our car and left fast."
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was on standby outside the mall, acting as a sort of triage. However, they have yet to receive any patients.
"This is a soft target," Villanueva said. "So, as of yet, we're treating everything as a real scene."
A witness at the movie theater said he heard "some loud noises off in the distance" as theatergoers were forced to leave the theater.
Miami-Dade police and the Florida Highway Patrol are assisting the Sweetwater Police Department in the investigation.
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