Shots fired at Southlake Mall in NW Indiana; no injuries reported

Shots were fired inside the Southlake Mall in northwest Indiana Thursday morning.

At about 11:20 a.m., the Hobart Police Department received multiple reports of gunshots fired near the food court in the upper level of Southlake Mall.

Officers arrived and began searching for what was reported to be an active shooter, police said.

The mall was immediately put on lock down, and several other agencies responded to assist. Customers and mall employees were escorted out of the building.

During an investigation, police determined there was no active shooter, however, approximately five shots were fired. The shots caused damage to glass and other building features in the mall, but no person was believed to be struck by gunfire.


The mall will remain closed the remainder of the day, police said. It will reopen Friday, Dec. 31.

The incident is currently under investigation by Hobart police.

Anyone with any information on this incident are asked to call Det. Wendell Hite at 219-942-1125 ext. 1145 and/or