Manchester shopping center evacuation, arrest not connected to Grande concert attack: police

Posted at 6:44 AM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 06:44:30-04

A woman looks upset after police evacuated the Arndale Centre on May 23, 2017, in Manchester, England. The night before, an explosion occurred at Manchester Arena as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed, killing 22 people. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER — The arrest of a man and evacuation of a Manchester shopping center, located near the scene of a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert the night before, are “not currently believed” to be connected, according to Greater Manchester police.

Video tweeted shortly after 6 a.m. local time showed people fleeing the Manchester Arndale shopping center, and a detained man, apparently in handcuffs, being walked away.

“We were just in the shop and could hear people screaming and security guards telling everybody to get out,” July McKenzie, who was shopping when the Arndale shopping center, told the Associated Press.

Within an hour, police confirmed a man was arrested at the shopping center, but is not believe to be connected to the deadly incident the night before.

Police gave the news moments after confirming another man had been arrested in connection to the concert attack.

An explosion, possibly at the hands of a suicide bomber, went off at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more, including 22 who were hospitalized.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.