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1 hurt in shooting near Salem Center Mall, suspect still at large

A shooting in downtown Salem left one juvenile injured Friday afternoon. Police have made no arrests.

SALEM, Ore. — One person was injured during a shooting in downtown Salem Friday near Salem Center Mall, Salem police said. 

Officers responded to the area around 2:15 p.m. Friday after multiple reports of gunshots being fired. Rumors circulated quickly on social media that there was an active shooter in the mall, which police later clarified was not the case. Police said officers confirmed there were no additional shots fired after the initial incident. 

A juvenile male was found with a gunshot wound at a business near Northeast High Street and Northeast Chemeketa Street. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Officers have not released his age. 

Police do not have a suspect in custody.

Police evacuated the mall and escorted out employees and shoppers. Salem police said officers did not find any additional victims and conducted a thorough search of the mall. 

Roads were closed in the area and traffic was rerouted for several hours. Police asked people to avoid downtown around the mall during their investigation.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools' Downtown Learning Center and Howard Street Charter School were both temporarily put into lockdown because of police activity. Police later lifted a notification to shelter in place.

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