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MILPITAS, Calif. — The sound of gunfire caused panic at The Great Mall in the Bay Area Saturday night, but investigators later learned the shooting was from a man who turned the weapon on himself, and no one else was hurt.

The Milpitas Police Department told those at the mall to shelter-in-place after the gunfire was first heard around 5:15 p.m.

Officers arrived and found the 22-year old man, a San Francisco resident, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to a hospital, and investigators later determined that his wound was self-inflicted, not the result of an attack. The man is expected to survive.

Though police ultimately said there was no threat to mall visitors, fear of a potential mass shooting created concern and confusion. Social media posts and video obtained by FOX 5 sister station KRON4 showed people hiding inside stores.

Authorities said officers were searching for a suspect while employees and customers were escorted to the parking lot.

Officers finished their search of the mall by 9:30 p.m. Officials said there were two unrelated medical emergencies during evacuations that required medical transport to hospitals.

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