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Hagerstown’s Valley Mall locked down after report of shots fired; no injuries reported

A Hagerstown mall was locked down Wednesday night after police received reports of shots fired inside a movie theater there, according to Washington County sheriff’s officials.

But sheriff’s deputies found no evidence that any shootings took place, Deputy First Class Carly Hose, a sheriff’s spokeswoman, said shortly before midnight.

No injuries were reported.

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Valley Mall just before 9 p.m. after they received a call from the Regal Cinemas movie theater that shots had been fired, Hose said.

Police put the theater and mall stores on lockdown until officers could sweep each store and release employees and patrons, she said.

Police spoke with the caller and did not believe that the report was a hoax, Hose said. The investigation continued near midnight.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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