San Mateo police on Sunday responded to reports of an armed man walking in the area of Hillsdale Mall, according to the department.
No gunshots were reported, but officers flooded the area out of an abundance of caution, police said. And while the mall stayed open, police requested that the public avoid the area.
Later, the police said they were still searching for the man but added that the situation was under control. The mall was cleared, they said.
The suspect was described as white male in his 20s, wearing a black polo shirt, dark pants, light shoes and a light baseball hat with a large logo.
He was carrying a black duffel bag with brown straps, police said.
No further details were immediately available.
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