Police: No active shooter situation at CherryVale Mall

Published: Jan. 2, 2021 at 1:40 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Reports of an active shooter situation at CherryVale Mall Saturday afternoon starting spreading on social media. Officials say those reports are false as the mall is experiencing a power outage. The outage occurred just after 1 p.m. Saturday.

Cherry Valley Chief of Police Roy Bethge issued a statement saying, “Due to a power outage at CherryVale Mall, the fire alarms activated causing an automatic message to alert people to leave the mall. Contrary to social media reports, there is/was NOT an active shooter or other threat taking place.”

ComEd is working to restore power.

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