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Burlington Mall Evacuated, Man With Gun Seen Inside

Burlington Police and Mass State Police are on scene.

Tuesday, 11:47 a.m.: The Massachusetts State Police have confirmed that the man at Nordstrom today was carrying an umbrella and not a rifle. 

Tuesday, 11:43 a.m.: According to scanner transmissions and reports, a man reportedly called Burlington Police and said he may be the man that law enforcement officers are looking for. According to reports, the man was carrying an umbrella and matched the description broadcasted earlier. 

Police are checking the security tapes to see if the man and his umbrella were in Nordstrom earlier today.

Tuesday, 11:25 a.m.: Rose McDonough, an employee at the holiday display, said she was taking pictures of the Easter Bunny, when she was approached by law enforcement officers and asked to leave the building. According to McDonough, she was told someone had robbed the jewelry counter at Nordstrom and they had to evacuate. 

"They told us we needed to leave as quickly as possible," she said. "It was very scary, I've never been in this type of situation in my life." 

Tuesday, 10:53 a.m.: According to scanner transmissions, two employees reported seeing a man with a gun inside the mall this morning. A SWAT team staging area has been set up at the mall. A Massachusetts State Police helicopter is also on scene to assist with the search. 

Tuesday, 10:40 a.m.: The Burlington Mall has been evacauated this morning after police received reports of a man with a gun inside the Nordstrom department store. 

At approximately 10:15 a.m. this morning, police were called to the Burlington Mall for a report of a man with a rifle inside the store. The mall was evacuated. 

In addition to Burlington Police, members of the Woburn Police Department, Wilmington Police Department, Mass State Police and NEMLEC SWAT team also responded to the scene. 

According to Mass State Police, a search of the mall and surrounding area is underway; a perimeter has been set up. 

The suspect is described by police as a white male, wearing a gray sweatshirt and carrying a black backpack with a short rifle.  

Burlington Patch will bring you more information as it becomes available.

anonymous35215 April 19, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Lol they removed the entries about it being an umbrella
John Bitna April 19, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Come on Patch - I thought you were above that; don't censor the truth.
Richard Hosford (Editor) April 19, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Not sure what you are referring to. We posted an update story mentioning the umbrella: http://patch.com/A-gKrF Thanks for reading!
anonymous35215 April 19, 2011 at 06:14 PM
There were entries around 11:45 on this page that talked of the umbrella, now they're no longer there
Danielle Masterson (Editor) April 19, 2011 at 07:40 PM
We had some computer issues earlier today - my Internet connection bailed out on me - while updating. Somehow, the update was showing on my computer, but was cancelled out when I tried to re-update. At any rate, the full story is up there now, as it was originally, and Rich's additional story is also on the main page. Thanks for the keen eyes! I'm glad we managed to fix it!

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