UPDATE 4:45 PM:
West Edmonton Mall has announced that a lockdown announced 25 minutes ago has been lifted, with police confirming a weapons complaint led to the lockdown.
The mall's official account on X (formerly Twitter) sent a message at 3:42 pm that the mall was currently under lockdown, advising any shoppers in the mall to remain in the closest secure location until the lockdown has been lifted.
Edmonton Police announced at 4:43 pm that at approximately 2:30 p.m., West Branch officers responded to a weapons complaint at West Edmonton Mall where reportedly a male was observed with a gun. Officers arrived on scene and the mall was placed on lockdown as the parties involved in the weapons complaint were located and taken into custody, according to a police release.
"The lockdown at the mall has since been lifted, and there is no threat to the public," the release reads. "There were no shots fired and nobody was injured. Charges are pending against a male in relation to the incident."