Monday, December 4

Shelter in place alert in downtown Salem, police responding to mall

Salem Police have lifted the shelter in place order as of 3:53 pm following a shooting at Salem Center Mall Friday afternoon.

Salem Police were advising people to avoid the downtown area near the mall. The mall is closed and police cleared the building, according to Lt. Debbie Aguilar.

Police officials stressed that it was not an active shooter incident.

Salem police issued a shelter in place warning for downtown businesses and residents for more than an hour, and said they were searching for a suspect in the vicinity of High and Chemeketa streets.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools locked down its Downtown Learning Center and Howard Street Charter School. Howard Street was on early release so no students were there at the time. Students and staff at Downtown Learning Center were safe inside the building but school officials told parents not to pick them up while the shelter in place order was in effect.

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