Police: Shooting threat at Mesa Mall unsubstantiated

Police are investigating a threat that was called in to 911 dispatchers about a pending shooting at Mesa Mall and a nearby bank.

A caller this morning told dispatchers that a friend was going to shoot people at the mall and bank, but hung up before providing more details, the Grand Junction Police Department said in a release. Officers responded inside and on the perimeter of the mall, but found nothing suspicious.

“We are continuing to watch the area, but we do not have any indication at this point that this was a legitimate threat,” the release said.

The mall was not locked down. Several banks near the mall chose to close for a period of time, but all have since resumed normal operations.

Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said they are “grateful” for people reporting suspicious behavior, “however, we also caution against spreading rumors or panic. This can actually do more harm than good, as it can tie up resources and make it difficult for investigators to determine what is legitimate and what is not.”

Anyone with information about the 911 phone call was asked to call 242-6707, or Crime Stoppers, 241-STOP, or send a tip to http://www.241stop.com.



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