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16-year-old Charged After Shooting Scare at Tysons Corner Center Sunday

After off-duty police noticed three persons at Tysons Corner Center mall who they felt may have been related to an Arlington robbery, the officer decided to prosecute a 16-year-old boy in connection with the incident.

Since then, the adolescent from Centreville has been charged with possessing a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, possessing a firearm by an underage person, possessing a concealed weapon, possessing a stolen firearm, and obstructing the administration of justice. All of these charges are in addition to the fact that he is accused of having stolen a firearm.

Officials did not provide any other details regarding the location of the heist, and the Fairfax County Police Department has confirmed that there were no gunshots fired on Sunday at Tysons Corner Center. Police stated on Sunday that two individuals had been brought into custody and a gun had been seized.

One person was still being sought as of Sunday night, according to police, who added that there was no current threat to the community or the mall. Following reports on social media that individuals were seen fleeing the mall and that shots may have been fired amidst the holiday shopping rush on the first night of Hanukkah and just one weekend before Christmas, there was a scare that a shooting had taken place, which led to the current situation.

The shopping center has been the scene of a potential active shooter situation three times already in 2018. The incident that took place on Sunday comes many months after another incident that generated fear at the mall throughout the summer.

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On August 7, police from Fairfax County revealed that a report of guns fired at Tysons Corner Center mall was really caused by a light fixture falling from the ceiling, which caused a fright. During the time that police were investigating the reported incident, the mall was placed under lockdown.

The shopping center had to be cleared out on a Saturday afternoon in June, two months earlier, after shots were fired in the middle of a group brawl. Despite this, the police have established that nobody was hurt in the shooting. In the course of the evacuation, three people required medical attention for the treatment of minor injuries.

A rapper from Washington, District of Columbia, who is suspected of being a gang boss was charged in July with discharging a firearm inside of a crowded shopping mall in Virginia over the course of the Father’s Day weekend. He was denied bond.

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