Armed police swarm shopping centre amid reports of ‘active shooter’ on the loose

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Reports of an '"active shooter" inside a US shopping centre have sparked a massive emergency response this evening as eyewitnesses claim to have heard up to a dozen gunshots.

Pictures and video shared on social media show a huge police presence at Mayfair Mall in Wuawatosa, Wisconsin, with dozens of police cars, multiple dog units and at least six ambulances parked outside the shopping centre.

Multiple people have been shot in the incident, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

People inside the shopping centre have reportedly been told an announcement warning them to "shelter in place".

Local bus routes have all been diverted over what is being described as "an emergency incident".

According to local reports, members of the public at the mall have been ordered to remain sheltered in shops while the incident is ongoing.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner tweeted to say it was not responding to any incidents at Mayfair Mall. It typically responds to scenes with deaths.

The Milwaukee County Transit System tweeted that MCTS buses that normally stop at the mall were unable to enter the property due to the incident.

Emergency services were called shortly before 3pm, according to emergency dispatch audio.

“All squads head to the mall for shots fired,” a dispatcher radioed to officers.

One of the first officers on the scene reported he had found at least two people who had been shot.

“Start EMS. Everyone seems to be coherent. It’s just in appendages. Nothing fatal at this point,” the officer radioed to dispatchers.

It is unclear how many people have been shot.

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