Amanda Evans said she was waiting for a bus at the Avalon Mall around 11 p.m. Friday night when she noticed a significant police presence.
Evans took photos of an officer carrying a weapon in the food court while people sat at nearby tables.
She said there were four Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) vehicles parked outside the food court, and two near the Scotiabank entrance.
The RNC said Sunday, they are investigating a report of a shooting at the Avalon Mall around 10 p.m. Friday night.
Members of the RNC’s operational patrol services responded to a report of a shooting at the Avalon Mall. Upon arrival, officers searched the mall and did not locate anyone with a firearm.
There was no information obtained at scene to substantiate the initial report and responding officers ensured the safety of the public at the time. Investigators have traced the location of the initial call and the investigation into the call is ongoing.
The RNC also confirmed the incident was not a training exercise like some social media users were speculating.
Evans posted photos of the police presence at the mall to her Facebook account, where it was shared 560 times at The Telegram’s news deadline on Saturday.
Evans told The Telegram the weapon held by an officer she saw in the food court “had a red laser.”
She said she asked an officer if she should go outside to wait for her bus – whether it was safe to be in the mall – and she said the officer told her it seems pretty safe right now and that they think they have it under control.
She said the officer said he couldn’t say much more than that.
Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who has information about the incident. If you have any information to assist in this investigation you can call the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at: www.nlcrimestoppers.com.