It started with a fistfight in the food court on Saturday afternoon -- the sound of a bottle hitting the ground caused panic as people scrambled.
Once people heard the glass smash, they thought it was a gunshot. Paramus Police arrived on the scene within minutes.
Police say that there was no shooting, and they cleared the scene.
Many shoppers self-evacuated, and some stores closed. Once the panic began, the mall went into lockdown.
Police are currently looking at video of the fight, which included a chairbeing tossed.
So far no arrests have been made, but there was a lot of uneasiness in the mall.
ParamusALERT: Paramus units responded to a physical altercation at the Garden State Plaza. There was no shooting. The subjects have now left the area, and Paramus Police and Detectives are investigating. There is no hazard.— Paramus Police (@Paramuspolice) April 30, 2022
There is no threat to the public.
Paramus Police and detectives are currently investigating. Garden State Plaza resumed operations around 5 p.m. and are still looking for people who are involved in the fight.
This comes just weeks after a shooting at the American Dream Mall caused a mass evacuation.
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