At 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, the City of Glendale issued a tweet stating that there was an attempted robbery, along with a shot fired at the Glendale Galleria at 100 W. Broadway in Glendale, California.
Despite the tweet stating that the Glendale Police had the situation under control and that there was no active threat at the shopping mall, social media was on fire with reports of an active shooter including from many hiding inside the shopping mall who had little information on the attack.
Despite the incident, robbery rates in Glendale have dropped 32.5% since 2010, according to the Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice CJCJ.
Following the attempted robbery, police were seen escorting a handcuffed man from the Galleria, but it is unknown if the man was connected to the attempted robbery.
Glendale Police Sgt. Dan Suttles told SAC. Media there was not an active shooter, just an attempted robbery. "We had three people enter one of the Bhindi Jewelers stores," Suttles said. "There was an armed security guard that ended up shooting two to three rounds."
As far as Suttles had been informed, the suspects were not armed, but he was told they were carrying hammers. Of the three alleged robbers, one was caught, but the other two ran off.
Referring to the shootings that have happened across the country, Suttles added to social media falsely reporting an active shooter in the shopping mall. "I think right now, with all the instances that have taken place in the recent history, as soon as someone hears a gunshot in the mall, I think that's the very first thing people think," Suttle said. "With cellphones and social media, people give the word out very quickly and a lot of false information gets out, very quickly also."
At 3:25 p.m. the City of Glendale issued a follow-up tweet stating that the mall was safe but to avoid the area due to heavy police activity investigating the attempted robbery.
As of 4:45 p.m., Suttles said the mall is still open. "The only thing that is being shut down, for now, is the actual crime scene itself," he said. "There's no active shooter. There's no reason to believe there is a danger to the public."