Police have closed off a Massachusetts shopping mall on Monday after reports that an “armed and dangerous” man is holed up inside.
Daily Mail reported that police were called to the Square One Mall in Saugus after reports of a break-in at its Dick’s Sporting Goods. A SWAT team has stormed the store and is currently trying to hunt down the burglar, who is believed to have gained access to the store’s gun section.
Police have warned the public to stay away from the mall as the standoff continues.
“This is an active situation, and the Saugus Police Department urges everyone to avoid the Mall area at this time. Additional details will be released as soon as they are available,” the police said in a statement.
A source said that the suspect is believed to be armed with a long gun. Witnesses say that police have blocked off all entrances to the mall and have several ambulances on standby.
“I’m just hoping no one gets hurt and this all calms down,” mall worker Chandler Laguerre said.
We will update you further as this story develops.