LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The Westfield Annapolis Mall was pretty busy Sunday morning, but not because of good deals or a new store opening.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department, along with the county fire department and Annapolis Police Department, held an “active shooter” drill inside the mall while live-tweeting the event.

On Wednesday, the department announced they would be conducting this simulation as a training exercise for future active shooter situations beginning at 6 a.m. It was closed to the general public, but they allowed public access in a different way — via social media.

The department sent out advisories leading up to and during the event through reverse 911, Nixle messaging and, of course, Facebook and Twitter.

See photos the Anne Arundel County Police Department tweeted: Active Shooter Drill

The most recent active shooter situation in the area was the shooting at Columbia Mall in January when a teenager opened fire and killed two people.

“Our County Police Department is one of the best trained in the State,” said County Executive Laura Neuman. “Training exercises such as this provide an opportunity for our first responders to practice real world threats in a real world environment to ensure they are as prepared as possible for all types of emergencies.”

The drill wrapped up around 9 a.m. and the mall opened as scheduled at 11 a.m.

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