The Mall of Georgia in metro Atlanta was allegedly threatened by a 16-year-old boy who said in an online gaming chat room that he would "shoot up" the building.
Another gamer reported the threat to police on Monday, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post
. The threat indicated a shooting would happen at 3 p.m. Police contacted the teen, who never attempted to carry out the threat, and soon declared the mall safe.
"We don’t want citizens to panic and be fearful of shopping at the mall. We have the situation under control," Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Deon Washington said, according to the newspaper.
Still, some stores remained closed.
The threat reportedly included a specific number of people to be shot, along with the attacker's plans to commit suicide.
Police credited the public's involvement in keeping the mall safe.
“I’d like to applaud the citizen who came forward with this,” Washington said. “It takes a two-way relationship between the community and police to ensure things like this don’t happen.”
Upon the report to police, the department sent undercover and uniformed officers to patrol the mall, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported
"Citizens should expect high visibility patrols to continue for an undetermined period of time," Washington said.
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, WAGA-TV reported
"At this point, he has not been taken into custody, but we know exactly who he is, we know where he lives and again, we're working to solidify the information about what took place," Washington said, according to the station.
Many Twitter users shared their concerns about the threat.
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