Police respond to River Ridge Mall after closing doors mistaken for gunshots

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lynchburg police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the same mall as a VIP guest on Saturday evening, but the incident turned out to be a false alarm.

According to the Lynchburg Police Department, officers were dispatched to the River Ridge Mall at 6:58 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 after receiving a call about shots fired at Belk. Authorities say that the reported gunshots actually came from the sound of doors closing.

Meanwhile, the department says off-duty Lynchburg police officers were already at the River Ridge Mall with a VIP guest when the incident occurred. As soon as those officers realized the potential danger the situation posed to the VIP guest due to the number of people and the capacity of the mall, authorities say they asked him to leave and he did so without incident.

Lynchburg Police say there are no reports of injuries.

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