Beverly Center evacuated due to suspicious package in parking garage (Updated)

Robert Hernandez

A fire truck speeds by headed toward Beverly Boulevard during a Beverly Center evacuation Sunday, March 24 following a suspicious package being found in the parking garage.

4:55 p.m. Update: LAPD has re-opened the Beverly Center and the parking garage.

4:05 p.m. Update: Los Angeles police have used a robot to detonate the package, reportedly a briefcase that was left in a car by someone other than the driver.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Beverly Center was evacuated Sunday after a suspicious package was found inside a vehicle in a parking garage, the LAPD tells NewsBreaker.

Thousands were estimated to have been evacuated, according to Newsbreaker. People were running from the mall, according to journalism professor Robert Hernandez.

The bomb squad was called to the scene, the LAPD tells City News Service, after a motorist told police that someone had placed a suspicious package in the back seat of his vehicle, which was not there when he first parked.

The three-level mall sits atop a seven-story parking garage, and employees said both were evacuated before 1:30 p.m.

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