False report of shooting shuts down Dulles mall

Loudoun County authorities locked down the Dulles Town Center mall Saturday afternoon following a report of a possible shooting there, but sheriff’s deputies quickly determined that there was no shooting or gunman spotted at the mall.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a possible shooting at about 1:45 p.m., prompting a heavy police response to the mall, which is near the intersections of Routes 7 and 28 outside of Sterling. Patrons and workers were held in place while authorities searched the area.

The caller apparently had overheard two women discussing a possible shooting and saying that they had to leave, according to Liz Mills, a spokeswoman for the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office. The two women could not be located and have not contacted law enforcement.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the mall complex was searched and nothing suspicious was located,” Mills said in a statement.

The mall was closed as of about 3:30 p.m. and was slated to reopen later in the afternoon.

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Rachel Sadon is the local news editor for Express
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