EPD says it’s aware of vague, viral post alluding to shooting, but says post is no different to others of its kind

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Update (4:17 p.m.)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Business goes on mostly as usual at Eastland Mall after a social media post caused some concern.

The post said not to go to the mall today because someone was planning a shooting there.

The Evansville Police Department increased its presence at the mall and mall officials say they planned for business as usual.

An Eyewitness News employee was at the mall Tuesday afternoon and said four uniformed police officers were in the mall. She also said nine stores and most of the kiosks were closed, but the employee says the mall was packed with people.

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A Facebook post is spreading on social media, insinuating that someone is planning a shooting in Evansville. Police told Eyewitness News on Tuesday that they are aware of the post, but that it’s no different than many other posts of its kind.

The post warns people not to go to the mall, but it does not mention a specific mall.

The post also mentions ‘reports,’ but Eyewitness News is not aware of any such reports from law enforcement or other media outlets.

Police said there have been many similar posts of this kind in the past.

Eastland Mall said on Tuesday that it’s operating as usual.

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This story was originally published on August 6, 2019

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