Tori Spelling Says She and Her Kids Witnessed a Man with a 'Machine Gun Who Started Shooting'

"U know angels are watching when you are in the wrong place at the wrong time & you & kids & others around are unharmed afterwards," Tori Spelling tweeted

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Photo: Tori Spelling/Instagram

Tori Spelling is feeling "grateful" for her family's safety after they apparently witnessed a man firing a machine gun.

The Beverly Hills, 90210 star opened up about the terrifying incident in a tweet on Thursday morning. She assured her follower that she and her five children are safe after finding themselves "in the wrong place at the wrong time."

"U know angels are watching when you are in the wrong place at the wrong time & you & kids & others around are unharmed afterwards," tweeted Spelling, 47.

"Never in my life did I think I would witness a man w/a machine gun who then started shooting," she continued. "All are safe & we thank the hotel staff. #grateful."

Spelling did not disclose the specific location of where the shooting took place but indicated that she and her children were at a hotel. A source tells PEOPLE that Spelling and her daughter Stella were in the lobby while the other four kids were upstairs in the room. Someone got in a fight with a security guard and then came back with a machine gun, and Spelling desperately looked for a back exit. The staff offered to put her in the freezer, but she was scared that she’d be trapped, the source says. Ultimately, she hid in the service elevator until the situation was under control.

“It was a terrifying situation. Tori is doing okay now but it was definitely a big scare," the source says.

WSB-TV 2 reports that dozens of officers responded to reports of an apparently drunk man repeatedly firing bullets into a hotel in midtown Atlanta, although it's unclear if that's where Spelling was. The outlet reports that the man is in jail, and no one was hurt.

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Tori Spelling's tweet. Tori Spelling/Twitter

A rep for Spelling did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Spelling is mom to daughters Stella, 12, and Hattie, 8, and sons Liam, 13, Finn, 8, and Beau, 3, with husband Dean McDermott.

In May, the actress rang in her 47th birthday with her five "kiddos" and reminisced on all of the "amazing birthdays" she's celebrated over the years.

To commemorate the occasion, Spelling posted a carousel of photos to Instagram, in which she shared a series of throwbacks from past birthdays and said how "grateful" she was for her brood.

"With my Birthday almost over ( less than a minute) I reflect on the amazing day I had with my family and just some of the amazing bdays I’ve celebrated over the years," Spelling wrote.

"Love all the people that have been on the journey with me so far. It’s been an incredible empowering and humbling ride," she continued. "From my 18th bday party in the last pic ( scroll all the way to the right) and my bday tonight with my kiddos. Can’t wait for many more adventures with the ones I love. And, my kiddos. I am so grateful for all of you. Thanks for all the presents and Birthday wishes today. Grateful. Xoxo #birthday."

In August, Spelling and her kids traveled up the Southern California coast to Santa Barbara for a few days, where they stayed in a hotel and enjoyed time together on the beach amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"Ok this was best pic we could get 😂..." she captioned an Instagram snapshot of herself with her children. "Who can relate to trying to get a family photo and you can’t find one where everyone is looking? But, this is us. Present. In the moment. Social distancing. And, grateful to be able to spend a couple days with @ritzcarltonbacarasb A Truly magical experience. And, everyone is super safe and sanitary. The new normal," said Spelling.

She added: "But, I was so grateful to take these beautiful sweet kiddos of mine all to the beach for some outdoor family time before online school starts next week. They scootered, they ran, they swam, and we loved really hard on each other."

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Aili Nahas

Aili Nahas is the West Coast Deputy News Editor at PEOPLE. She is also the TV deputy in Los Angeles as well as the Weddings Editor. Aili has spent nearly two decades in the entertainment industry and 12 years at PEOPLE.

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