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3 Gunmen With Creepy Clown Masks Spotted In Stairwell Of SF's Westfield Mall

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) -- Authorities say three men with clown masks and a gun ran from a downtown San Francisco shopping center after they were discovered by security guards on Sunday.

The guards were doing their rounds in the emergency stairwells in the Westfield San Francisco Centre when they came across the three men. Manfredi says one brandished a gun, according to police.

No one was injured.

The men remain at large.

The report joins a growing number of incidents involving clowns in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationwide.

Most of the threats have been hoaxes.

There have been several suspicious incidents at the Westfield Centre recently. Last August a man was found slain in one of the stairwells.

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