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Police ask for public’s help in identifying mall shooting suspect

Police said they are searching for the person who fired shots late Saturday afternoon at the Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall.

Whitehall Chief Michael Marks said Saturday night in a news conference that the reports of shots being fired came just before 5 p.m.

He said the police have few details and no description of the shooter. There were no victims, Marks said.

Shell casings were found at the scene and people were asked to shelter in place in stores until they could be safely evacuated from the mall. Police were accounting for all the employees and said the main goal is to “reunite everyone with their families.”

Multiple police departments, local, state and federal, as well as fire departments were on scene.

Marks said multiple shots were fired.

He described the mall as being “fairly crowded” when the incident occurred.

“Our primary focus was making sure everyone is safe and sound,” Marks said.

He stressed that police have “very few details at this point” and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

Police are studying surveillance video and also ask if anyone has cellphone video to call the department at 610-437-3042.