3RD UPDATE, 4:20 PM: LAPD officials say there is "no evidence of a shot or any victim" at Westfield Century City Mall and by telling people still inside they can "be calmly out of the location."
Update: Please Be Helpful And Careful to Everyone. Follow Scenes Official Instructions. Thank You Community For Your Patience And Understanding While We Work To Keep Our Citizen Safe 🤝 pic.twitter.com/w8F2VlrRK2
"Please Be A Patient In / Around The Century City Mall," wrote LAPD in a Twitter update. "There is no Active Shooter at the time, however officials are on the scene investigating a suspicious package at the mall and need to ensure safety for everyone. Please be careful and respectful of one and let everyone Be Safe ! "
Update: Please Be Patient On / Around The Century City Mall. There is no Active Shooter at the time, however officials are on the scene investigating a suspicious package at the mall and ensuring safety for everyone. Please be careful and respectful of everyone and let everyone Be Safe! https://t.co/jSB6JHXaoN
– LAPD West LosAngeles (@LAPDWestLA) March 15, 2019
UPDATED, 1:44 PM: The police say they are responding to calls "man with gun," correction of previous tweet about "active shooter."
PREVIOUSLY: Los Angeles police respond to the calls of an active shooter at Westfield Century City Mall. Officers removed buildings and told people to evacuate or shelter the area. The LAPD is currently reporting "no evidence of a shot or victim."
The police are also investigating a suspicious package inside.
If you are at Century City Mall we ask that you stay calm and shelter in place until you receive instructions from the officers at the scene.
– LAPD HQ (@ LAPDHQ) March 15, 2019
The first calls arrived at about 12:45 pm Local media reported that a man was caught in surveillance video. He was described as a man in his late youth. There is no word if he remains in the scene or escapes. Today's search appears to be centered on the Bloomingdale building at major malls, which also holds the AMC Century City 15 multiplex.
The situation is playing during busy lunch time in an area near many entertainment-related companies including CAA, ICM Partners, A & E Networks and Ziffren Brittenham.
The video from the scene shows police vehicles posted at all the mall's entrance, and the surrounding streets – Santa Monica Boulevard, Avenue of the Stars, Century Park West and Constellation The Boulevard looks like closed, but it has not been confirmed.
At the same time, the LAPD is scheduled to conduct a large-scale active-shooter drill Saturday at City Hall.
The news came the day after at least 49 people died in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The gunman livestreamed the attack on Facebook.