Tactical law enforcement officers are on scene at the Square One Mall in Saugus on Monday after a man broke into a sporting goods store and gained access to the firearms section, according to Saugus police.
“The Saugus Police Department is at the scene of a break-in at the Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Square One Mall,’’ Saugus police wrote around 6:30 a.m. Monday. “One armed and dangerous intruder is believed to be inside.”
The man broke into Dick’s Sporting Goods early Monday, police said. Police believe the suspect has access to firearms in the store, according to Saugus police.
There were no reports of injuries, police said.
The regional law enforcement SWAT team is at the scene, along with numerous State Police units. The public is being asked to avoid the area. The mall will remain closed until further notice.
Route 1 southbound, which passes by the mall, remained open as of early Monday.
“This is an active situation, and the Saugus Police Department urges everyone to avoid the Mall area at this time,’’ Saugus police wrote around 6:30 a.m.
An email and phone call have been sent to the corporate headquarters of the sporting goods chain store.
This is a breaking news story. More details to come.