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St. Louis Premium Outlets opens to the public

Shoppers walk through the shops at the St. Louis Premium Outlets in Chesterfield on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Thursday was the grand opening of the St. Louis Premium Outlets, the second of two large outlet malls to open in the city of Chesterfield this summer. Photo By David Carson,

CHESTERFIELD — Police shut down the Premium Outlet mall for about 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon after at least one man fired five shots at the plaza there.

Police do not believe anyone was hit by the gunfire, and that the man fired at two other people he knew. Store employees sought shelter in bathrooms and hid in the stores, police said.

Police were called to the outdoor outlet mall at about 1 p.m. and arrested the man they believe fired the shots and found a gun on him, said Chesterfield Lt. Chris Connelly. 

Police then closed the mall and searched store-by-store before reopening the complex at about 1:45 p.m., Connelly said.

Police were looking for a black man and a white woman who left in a white Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Connelly said he did not know the motive for the shooting. 

Police are asking anyone with information to call 1-866-371-8477 (TIPS).

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