At least one person has been injured after reports two gunmen stormed a packed shopping centre and fired shots.
Screaming Christmas shoppers fled Cumberland Mall in Atlanta, Georgia in a "stampede" after loud bangs were heard.
Dramatic video footage showed people running away and sheltering behind tables as the incident took place at lunchtime.
Walking Dead actor Skylar Felton, who featured in the AMC series' seventh season, was among those who was forced to flee.
The mall was immediately placed on lockdown shortly after 1.30pm as witness reports emerged of gunshots near the mall's food court.
Witnesses also told how they ran for their lives and fled the mall or hid inside locked shops with workers until armed police arrived.
One shopper said on Twitter: "Bruh my girl and i in Cumberland mall and somebody let off some shots and killed someone in food court while we eating. We all had to run out just now."
Another said: "People are all running out the mall in mass there's an active shooter at Cumberland mall people are running out I had to hide in a store under tables. Police and swat are surrounding the mall now."
A third wrote: "Please do not come to #cumberlandmall there was a shooting and I was locked in a store. I have successfully made it out and we’re all trying to get out of parking lot. I’m seeing people continue to pull into mall. Please stay away at this time."
In a video clip, Walking Dead actor Felton, who was with friend and actor Bill Banks and a man dressed as Father Christmas, told the camera: "We're ok. We're safe.
"We're in an undisclosed location in Cumberland Mall."
Pictures showed a huge police presence at the mall moments after the loud bangs were heard, with officers swarming inside.
Local police later tweeted that there were no active shooters, but confirmed an "isolated incident" had taken place.
Cobb County Police said on Twitter: "No Active Shooter at Cumberland Mall.
"We are continuing to gather information but this is not an active shooter event. It appears this was an isolated incident. Once we get more information we will update."
A local CBS news channel also tweeted that a person had been injured.
It said on Twitter: "Cobb Police sources tell CBS46 News that there is NOT an active shooter at Cumberland Mall.
"However, there is some sort of incident that has lead to a person getting injured."
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