No shooting happened in area of north Phoenix mall, police say

Officials with the Phoenix Police Department say a shooting did not happen in the area of a north Phoenix mall on July 6, after the department received multiple calls about a shooting in the area.

According to a statement, officials say multiple officers responded and spoke to witnesses at the scene after the calls came in, and they learned that the incident began as a verbal fight within a large group of teenagers.

"One of the teenagers pulled out an unknown device, which created a loud sound and produced a white smoke," read a portion of the statement. "There is no victim or evidence to indicate a firearm was discharged."

The mall, according to police, was placed on lockdown for a time. No injuries were reported, and officials say they have no suspect information to provide.

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