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Meriden Police: 'Absolutely no evidence of a shooting at the mall'

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Heavy police presence seen at Meriden mall on Thursday. (WFSB) Heavy police presence seen at Meriden mall on Thursday. (WFSB)
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Meriden police and Connecticut State Police said reports of an active shooter situation at the Meriden mall were unfounded on Thursday.

Police were called to the mall on Thursday evening after a woman called 911 saying someone was inside the Westfield mall firing a gun.

"We just saw the cops running, there was no gun no weapon, they were trying to keep us safe,you know," said Arielle DeCosta.

Many witnesses had no idea what was happening and hid behind cashier tables and bathrooms.

The Meriden mayor told Eyewitness News no shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

The mayor said there was a power outage in the area that impacted Macy's and some streetlights. The power outage, right around the time of the 911 call, may have caused the confusion and what witnesses thought was gunshots may actually have been a transformer blowing.

"Hats off to the Meriden Police Department. We really came together swiftly to make sure the entire community was safe, the residents, the mall, the businesses, and everyone; we were all prepared for this," said Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati. 

Police are asking that the woman who initially dialed 911 to come forward so they can tie up loose ends.

To see more photos from the scene, click here.

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