UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. EDT -- Media reports from Meriden, Connecticut, now say that reports of a gunman at the Westfield-Meriden Mall are "unfounded." In addition, Connecticut State Police tweeted that the situation was not matching initial reports.
CSP is assisting Meriden PD at Meriden Mall. Incident appears not as reported. NO active shooter at this time.
— CT State Police (@CT_STATE_POLICE) June 17, 2016
A shopping mall in Meriden, Connecticut, was on lockdown Thursday evening on reports of a gunman present in the shopping center, Hartford Fox station WTIC-TV reported.
Store employees at the Westfield-Meriden Mall told the station they were instructed to remain inside their stores, the station reported, but local police had not yet confirmed the presence of a gunman.
Meanwhile, WTNH-TV in New Haven reported a "heavy police presence" at the scene. No shots had been heard, a store employee told the station.
Meriden is located about halfway between Hartford and New Haven.