Courtesy Gwinnett County Police

After a search involving multiple law enforcement agencies, no suspicious packages or devices were found at the Mall of Georgia Wednesday afternoon.

A Gwinnett Police Department spokesperson said the increased law enforcement presence at the Mall of Georgia on Wednesday stemmed from a "suspicious call in reference to suspicious threats" made to one of the kiosks at the Mall of Georgia. Gwinnett PD said its officers were preparing for a debrief at 3:52 p.m.

Cpl. Michelle Pihera said no suspects had been identified and no officers had been detained since officers in Gwinnett PD's North Precinct responded and set up a command post at the mall.

Though multiple law enforcement agencies responded, the mall was not considered a crime scene and was been shut down.

"We're not taking this lightly," Pihera said. "We want to make sure the people in the mall and the people working in the mall are kept as safe as possible."

Pihera said mall management has authority to decided whether the mall is shut down since it is not "an active crime scene event." Investigators and officers with K-9s were on scene searching for packages and devices.

"They have elected to keep it open during during this criminal investigation," Pihera said.

No suspects have yet been identified in the incident, which comes several days after two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

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