Suspect who fired 'accidental' shot in King of Prussia Mall identified, speaking to police: officials

Shoppers and workers fled for safety after police say a firearm was discharged inside King of Prussia Mall Tuesday, and now officials say they know who fired the shot.

Officers responded to calls of an active shooter situation outside the food court around 7:20 p.m.

It was determined by police that there was no active shooter, but that a gun had been discharged near the Sushi Kiosk.

Surveillance video showed two men walking when one shot was fired, according to authorities. It is believed the gun was inside one of the men's pants at the time.

Both men then ran through the mall, got into a vehicle, and fled the scene, police say.


Less than 24 hours later, police say they identified the man in the video and have spoken to him over the phone.

The man, whose identity has to be released, confirmed to police that it was an accidental discharge, and that he sustained minor injuries.

Police believe he has a valid permit to carry, but are still working to confirm the details. No charges have been announced at this time, but officials say reckless endangerment charges are forthcoming.

An investigation is still underway after the gunshot caused complete panic inside the mall.

Shoppers ran from the area, with some getting locked down in nearby stores.

"People were like oh yeah it was a loud boom just out of nowhere, and it was like massive people running," said Mylayjah Allen who says people hid in the back of the store where she works.

No injuries were reported from those near the incident.