Westfield Century City Mall Evacuated After Report of Man With a Gun

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Westfield Century City mall

Police said shortly after officers arrived — even though there were reports of an active shooter via social media from people in the area — there was no evidence of a shooting.

Los Angeles police on Friday afternoon responded to a call of a person with a gun inside the Westfield Century City mall.

The mall, located at 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., was evacuated around 12:45 p.m., as police entered and swept the location for any potential shooting victims or a gunman. Some businesses in the nearby area of the mall were also placed on lockdown. 

Police said shortly after officers arrived — even though there were reports of an active shooter via social media from people in the area — there was no evidence of a shooting. 

As of 1:30 p.m., police were still going through the mall, but it seemed apparent the situation was a false alarm. However, the bomb squad was also dispatched to the scene to clear the area and investigate a suspicious package located inside the Amazon Store.

At 2:35 p.m., police told the people sheltering in place within the mall to calmly exit the location and follow instructions from officers on the scene. They reiterated that no evidence of a shooting or victims was found. 

Just before 6 p.m., the LAPD tweeted that the mall had reopened for business. As initially stated, the investigation uncovered no evidence of a shooting and the bomb squad determined that the package did not contain an explosive device. 

Late Friday evening, the LAPD tweeted a flyer with a photograph of the suspect tied to the Century Mall incident. They described the suspect as a male aged between 20-25 years old who is "armed and dangerous." 

On Sunday afternoon, LAPD issued an update that suspect Nicholas K. Oates was brought into custody "without incident" after being identified at Venice Beach. They noted that his handgun has not yet been located. 

Mar. 15, 2:35 p.m. Updated to reflect police instructions on exiting the building. 

Mar. 15, 5:55 p.m. Updated to reflect LAPD giving the all clear. 

Mar. 15, 10:54 p.m. Updated to reflect LAPD identifying the suspect in mall incident. 

Mar. 17, 5:52 p.m. Updated to note that LAPD had brought suspect into custody.