Dozens of people at the Galleria of Tyler mall in Riverside, California, were locked down at around 6:30 p.m. after terrified staff and shoppers reported gunfire in the building.
The sound however turned out breaking of glass by three men who entered a jewelry store to rob jewels kept inside a glass display.
The first thing that came in people’s thought after the sound was they were under terrorist attack as a deadly terror shooting took place recently in nearby San Bernardino that killed 14 innocent people.
Police immediately reached the mall and locked it down and later Sunday night said in a statement no shooting took place in the building.
The Riverside Police Department said the sound was of a robbery and the suspects have fled after the robbery.
Video footage posted online shows a figure dressed in black smashed a glass display with a mallet and a woman ran from the store.