Desert Ridge Marketplace put on lockdown due to loud bang heard during teen fight

Fearing an active shooter, Desert Ridge Marketplace in north Phoenix was put on lockdown after a loud bang was heard during a teen fight.
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 7:02 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Scary moments for shoppers at Desert Ridge Marketplace in north Phoenix when it was put on lockdown because of fears of a possible shooting on Wednesday. Police said several people called 911 saying there was a shooting around 6 p.m. at the mall near Tatum Boulevard and the Loop 101 Pima Freeway. Police said when they got there, they learned it wasn’t a shooting at all.

Investigators said a large group of teenagers got into a verbal fight with each other when one of them pulled out some sort of device which created a loud sound and created white smoke. “There is no victim or evidence to indicate a firearm was discharged,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Philip Krynsky said in an email. The mall was put on lockdown temporarily while officers investigated. Shoppers were seen walking around the mall at about 6:45 p.m.

While it was a false alarm for a shooting, it was still frightening for those at the mall, not knowing what was happening. Sam Marteney was working at one of the stores when the commotion started and then she heard the bang. “Everyone went running in opposite directions to get away from the scene,” she said. Marteney said she saw a parent pick up their two kids and run inside the store. She locked the door. “I wanted to make sure everyone was safe especially the children because seeing someone have to pick up their kids in each of their arms and run inside a store to get to safety is something that no parent ever wants to experience, so I’m just glad no one was hurt in this situation,” Marteney said. Krynsky didn’t have any suspect information.