Westfield Marion: Major police operation unfolding at Adelaide shopping centre

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Two have been injured after an Adelaide shopping centre was sent into lockdown following reports of an armed person.

Westfield Marion was evacuated on Sunday afternoon and South Australian Police issued a statement telling the public to stay away from the venue.

“Police are aware of an incident occurring at Westfield Marion Shopping Centre,” a police spokesman said.

“Numerous police patrols are in attendance. At this point in time, Police advise the public to stay away from the area.”

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An SA Ambulance Services spokesperson said it was treating two patients.

“The service is treating a woman in her 70s with a shoulder injury, and a person in their 30s with a knee injury,” the spokesperson said.

“Injuries for both patients are non life-threatening.”

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Heavily armed SWAT officers have swarmed the centre, with some shoppers believed to be locked down in shops.

Westfield changed all of its digital ad screens to warn shoppers about the potential threat, urging them to “escape, hide, tell”.

Authorities have erected fences around the shopping centre.

Westfield Marion is a major shopping hub in the city’s southern suburbs, about 12km from the CBD.

The shopping centre had only just completed active shooter drills last week.

The incident comes months after an armed knifeman killed six people at Westfield in Bondi Junction in April.

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