01/15/2015 09:34 EST | Updated 03/17/2015 05:59 EDT

Shots reported fired at Eastgate Square

Police are on the scene at Eastgate Square in Hamilton's east end after reports of gunfire and a possible hammer attack. 

Hamilton paramedics were called to the mall on Centennial Parkway North at about 8:30 p.m., according to duty officer Ben Roth. 

A male patient was taken to Hamilton General Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries to his head and leg. 

It is not clear how the man was injured. 

"I can't confirm the nature of the injures," Roth said. 

A heavy police presence, including a canine unit, remains on the scene. 

Hamilton police said via Twitter shortly after 10 p.m. there is no sign of any immediate threat to public safety at the mall.