Four people have been injured after a shooting at the Riverchase Galleria shopping mall in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, US authorities said.

Iran PressAmerica: Hoover Police Lt. Keith Czeskleba said four people were taken to the hospital Friday afternoon, but he didn't have details about their conditions or their injuries, according to CNN.

Police responded after receiving multiple calls of shots fired near the food court around 3:18 p.m.(local time), the lieutenant said.

Police don't know what led up to the incident or how many shooters are involved, Czeskleba said. Investigators are collecting physical evidence and interviewing witnesses.

"We are heartbroken by the tragic, senseless incident that took place in our shopping center this afternoon," mall officials said on their Facebook page.

The mall was evacuated and the scene is secure, Czeskleba said. Mall officials said it will be closed Saturday.


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