December 13, 2019 #1 Local News, Information and Event Source for the Century City/Westwood areas.

Westfield Smash and Grab Burglary Triggers False Shooting Rumors

Police respond to Westfield Century City Thursday afternoon

By Sam Catanzaro

Police responded to the Westfield Century City mall Thursday afternoon after reports of a potential smash and grab robbery at a business within the mall. On a day when Southern California was rattled by a mass shooting at a Santa Clarita high school, the police presence spurred panic and false rumors surrounding a mall shooting.

“There is no evidence of a shooting,” said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jeff Lee. “We are most likely dealing with a smash and grab burglary.”

According to Lee, police on the scene searched all over the mall looking for suspects and found no evidence of a shooting nor any injuries.

Many patrons were shocked when seeing armed police officers in the mall, and erroneous reports of an active shooter soon spread on social media.

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