UPDATE — 9.40 p.m. ET: A law enforcement official told WNBC-TV that a car fire was mistaken for the sound of gunshots and sparked panic among shoppers.
The Garden State Plaza mall in New Jersey was evacuated after reports of gunfire Saturday night, the New York Post reported.
A social media journalist for Good Morning America tweeted that she was at the mall when the scene unfolded.
We don't know what's happening we're all frantically searching for our cars. A friend of mine is still inside they won't let her leave— Rawan (@itsRawanE) May 11, 2014
Gun shots started in macys. My friend who works there heard the gun shots and saw security chasing someone through the store— Rawan (@itsRawanE) May 11, 2014
When reached by phone, mall security told TheBlaze they could not confirm anything.
— Matthew McGrath (@RecordMcGrath) May 11, 2014
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