Tysons Corner Center reopens after fallen light fixture was mistaken for gunshots

Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia, reopened Sunday afternoon after police had earlier evacuated the mall on reports of shots fired. The confusion was caused by a shattered light fixture.

According to a Fairfax County Police, officers found no evidence of a shooting during their investigation and concluded that a fallen light fixture had caused a loud noise that people in the mall believed to be gunshots.



According to police, the loud sound occurred around 2:45 p.m. Sunday. A few minutes later officers had cleared the mall after receiving multiple calls reporting possible gunshots within the building.

After investigating the scene, officers concluded that a fallen light fixture had caused the sound that alarmed mallgoers.

A handful of videos appeared on Twitter showing an initial panic as people tried to flee the mall.

Several callers told WTOP they were inside the mall and were evacuated during an initial panic.

Maurisa Potts, a spokesperson for Tysons Corner Center, said on Twitter that the light fixture had shattered around a Nordstrom wing corridor.

The mall has been reopened and police are allowing people to return.

Joshua Barlow

Joshua Barlow is a writer, composer, and producer who has worked for CGTN, Atlantic Public Media, and National Public Radio. He lives in Northeast Washington, D.C., where he pays attention to developments in his neighborhood, economic issues, and social justice.

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