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Police respond to Arizona Mills after reports of a man with a gun

Arizona Mills is an outlet mall near West Baseline Road and South Priest Drive in Tempe.

TEMPE, Ariz. — Officers from the Tempe Police Department cleared the Arizona Mills outlet mall in Tempe on Friday night after a report of a man with a gun. 

Police said there was an altercation involving the male and another unidentified person around 6 p.m., which led to the male pulling out a firearm and pointing it at another person.

“Many units rushed in from various assignments to this mall to figure out what was going on," said Tempe Police Sgt. Hector Encinas.

Tempe police said they got several calls from people saying they heard what sounded like gunshots,

“The shots that they may have heard may have been the large security gates that a lot of the malls will open up and close with," Encinas said. 

The man with the firearm then ran into the mall before police arrived, authorities said. 

It's unclear if the man discharged his firearm outside or inside the mall.

No injuries have been reported, police said. 

Arizona Mills is located near West Baseline Road and South Priest Drive.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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