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Philadelphia’s fashion district went into receivership Tuesday night after someone opened fire inside the Center City mall, police said.
Police say a gunman fired once inside the fashion district, formerly known as The Gallery, at 9th and Market streets around 6:30 p.m.
Investigators say the bullet ricocheted off a granite wall inside the mall. Officers were working to determine if the bullet, or bullet fragments, then hit one or more people standing nearby.
Police do not believe anyone was directly hit by gunfire, they said. It was unclear whether the shooting was intentional or accidental.
Philadelphia Police Inspector DF Pace said the incident could have been worse.
“It appears that as the gun was fired the magazine somehow fell out of the gun and the shooter was unable to fire the gun again because he was not “There was no source of ammunition,” Pace told NBC10.
Area police heard the shot, Pace said. When they arrived, they found a casing and the weapons magazine, but no handgun.
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From witness information and video footage, officers were able to obtain a description of a suspect, Pace said.
The police were able to find the young man, who may be a minor, and he was taken into custody. Police said there may be other suspects involved.
The Fashion District closed early for the night.
NBC10 has reached out to Fashion District Philadelphia for a statement and is awaiting a response.
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