Arundel Mills movie evacuated after reports of gunfire

HANOVER, Md. - The movie theater at Arundel Mills Mall was evacuated Saturday night after reports of gunfire.

Police were called to the theater in the 7000 block of Arundel Mills Blvd. just after 10 o’clock Saturday night for a report of shots fired.

Police said approximately 325 people were in the theater for the 8:30 showing of the film “300” when moviegoers heard a sound similar to gunfire inside the theater.

Responding officers quickly determined there were no shots fired. As a precaution, the theater was evacuated and searched by officers and police K-9s. During the search officers found a juice bottle which appeared to have fireworks inside. Police believe someone set off the homemade explosive which made moviegoers think shots were fired in the theater.

No other devices were found in the theater.

One person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries not directly related to the incident.

In a release issued Saturday night, police sought to reassure mall goers no shots were fired, “We understand the sensitivity involved when noises take place in a theater or mall with the tragedies that have taken place in Columbia and Aurora. We can report once again, there are NO victims and NO evidence of a shooting at the Cinemark Theater.”

Police are investigating and ask anyone with pictures or video of the event to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-222-6155. 

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