Police officers exchanged gunfire with a man who was holding six people hostage in a store at a San Diego shopping mall.
San Diego authorities say the man is believed to have been killed in the standoff with police.
Police originally issued an alert on Twitter saying that officers found the man’s body and were trying to “negotiate with him”.
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Bret Cubriel, an assistant police chief, said in a news conference late on Sunday evening that police were trying to determine why the man was at the Circle K on the San Diego mall’s second floor. No one was shot, but two people were hurt in the incident.
The officers confronted the man after someone called 911 about a possible active shooter, Cubriel said.
At least eight people were taken to a hospital, but Cubriel said that no one is believed to have life-threatening injuries.
Police asked the public not to come out of their buildings and to “shelter in place.”
Police tweeted that the suspect was believed to be carrying a gas mask, an assault rifle and more weapons.
The San Diego police, California Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are in the area investigating.