HOUSTON – People fled and hid in bathrooms and behind curtains after a smash-and-grab at the Memorial City Mall caused mass chaos for holiday shoppers.
The incident happened around 9:20 p.m. Sunday inside the Macy’s, authorities said. Multiple callers reporting hearing gunshots, which sent people into a panic as they tried to escape or hide in the department store.
When authorities arrived, they confirmed there had been no shots fired and the loud sound was breaking glass connected to the smash-and-grab.
Oscar Julithe was working at Starbucks inside the mall when the commotion broke out.
“One person (was) screaming saying something is happening. Another saying there is a shooting,” said Julithe. “We turned out the lights. We turned off the computer (and) anything that will bring attention."
Julithe said he locked the store’s door, laid on the ground and thought he may never see his family again.
“It was scary," Julithe said. “I have two little boys (and) my wife.”
HPD and Harris County Constables Precinct 5 searched the property, but the suspects were gone.
It is not clear what the thieves were targeting or if they were able to make off with any merchandise.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.