3 injured after argument leads to shooting at Aventura Mall

Mall patrons take cover, share experiences on social media after shots fired
Aventura Mall shooting scene, May 8, 2021
Posted at 6:28 PM, May 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-08 23:46:35-04

AVENTURA, Fla. — An argument between two groups of people led to a shooting Saturday inside the Aventura Mall that left three people injured, police said.

Aventura police spokesman Michael Bentolila told reporters that the shooting occurred in front of the Hugo Boss store. He said an individual from one of the feuding groups pulled out a gun, prompting another individual from the other group to pull out a gun and open fire.

Bentolila said the injuries to the three people who were hurt were not life-threatening.

He said the suspected shooter fled the mall and was still at large.

Police also said on Twitter that several suspects were in custody and being questioned by detectives.

Various reports of a shooter at the mall started flooding social media feeds shortly before 4 p.m.

Shoppers and employees took cover inside stores -- some hiding in closets and storage rooms -- while officers searched for the shooter, WPLG reported.

Police didn't say what led to the altercation and did not immediately release the identities of those involved.

After the shooting, mall patrons and employees were escorted off the premises by police.

Aventura Mall shoppers leave after shooting, May 8, 2021
Shoppers who were hiding in stores exit the Aventura Mall after a shooting left three people injured and several suspects in custody, Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Aventura, Fla.

Almost a year ago, two people were injured at the same mall after an argument resulted in a shooting at the Nordstrom.

The mall was not scheduled to reopen until Sunday.