Smash and grab at Post Oak Mall prompts active shooter calls, police say no shots fired
Around 1:22 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, College Station Police responded to a smash-and-grab theft at a jewelry store in Post Oak Mall in College Station.
Police say they were originally alerted to the incident after numerous shots fired calls from the area, but there is no evidence any gunfire occurred. According to police, witnesses likely confused glass breaking at the jewelry store with gunfire.
The mall was placed on a precautionary shelter in place during the incident and has since been cleared. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Officer Tristen Lopez says College Station police initiated their active shooter protocol in the incident because of the shots fired calls. That protocol requires a large police response including assistance from fire and EMS personnel to make sure all necessary resources are in place.
Police did not have any identifiable suspect information. They did recover a vehicle later Tuesday afternoon they believe might be involved.
Another vehicle pulled over in response to the incident was unrelated to the issue and its occupants were released without any charges.
The incident is under active investigation.