HPD: Smash-and-grab at Memorial City Mall, shooting reports false

Houston Police say reports of a shooting at Memorial City Mall Saturday evening are false and the incident was a smash and grab theft at a jewelry store.

HOUSTON - Houston police confirmed the reports of an active shooter at Memorial City Mall Saturday night were false.

Around 7:45 p.m., officers received a call about a shooting at the mall. The department tweeted an hour later and said there was no evidence a shooting occurred.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the incident was a smash-and-grab at a jewelry store and confirmed no shooting or injuries occurred. 

Police say a man entered Ben Bridge Jewelry and tried to smash a case with a hammer several times but failed. Police believe this action was probably mistaken for the reported gunshots. 



The suspect fled the scene. He has been described as 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, about 230 to 250 pounds with a beard. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue pants with stripes.

Police plan to release surveillance video to help identify the suspect. 

The scene was active for a few hours with multiple units responded to the scene. 



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