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Orange Park Mall cleared after fight between 2 juveniles, deputies say no active shooter

Deputies spent about an hour clearing out the mall and said no one was injured during the incident.

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Hundreds of people were evacuated from the Orange Park Mall after a physical altercation between two juveniles occurred near the food court Sunday evening, according to Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies received multiple calls about reports of an active shooter at the mall around 4:56 p.m. There were approximately 600 people at the mall at this time. 

Upon arrival, multiple law enforcement units cleared the mall and checked each store. Authorities found that there was no active shooter at the mall, Clay County PIO Brandon Ludwig said.

During a media briefing, authorities said an altercation between two juvenile boys had occurred inside of the mall.

No shots were fired during the incident and the boys ran away from the scene after the altercation, deputies said.

The loud noises from the fight caused some shoppers to panic and multiple people ran away from the food court area, which led to the reports of shots fired.

Deputies spent about an hour clearing out the mall and said no one was injured during the incident.

The sheriff's office said people who left items inside of the mall when they were being evacuated will be allowed to go back inside to retrieve those items at the food court entrance starting at 7:30 p.m. 

No arrests have been made in connection to the incident. Authorities said there is no threat to the public.

For any questions related to retrieving items left in the mall, please call Orange Park Mall Security at 904-269-2422.

Media briefing - Orange Park Mall Incident.

Posted by Clay County Sheriff's Office, Florida on Sunday, December 5, 2021

#UPDATE: At this time, we have no indication of a shooting or shots fired in the mall. This investigation is still very...

Posted by Clay County Sheriff's Office, Florida on Sunday, December 5, 2021

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