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Report of Gunman Brings Heavy Police Presence to Dulles Town Center

No shooting has occurred. Police secured the mall as a precaution.

Twitter user Natalie Kress took this photo of police at Dulles Town Center Saturday.
Twitter user Natalie Kress took this photo of police at Dulles Town Center Saturday.

While there was a heavy police presence at the Dulles Town Center on Saturday, the Loudoun County sheriff's office says there was no a shooting at the shopping venue.

Deputies received a report around 1:45 p.m. that there had been a possible shooting at Sterling mall. But no shooting or gunman was seen at the mall.

Investigators learned the caller overheard two females talking about a possible shooting and that they had to leave. The women could not be located and have not contacted law enforcement, according to a Sheriff's Office release.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the mall complex was searched and nothing suspicious was located," the release notes. 

A shopper tweeted a photo of police officers in the mall with rifles.

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