On Saturday, police in Washington state were investigating a gunshot at a mall that left one person critically injured and sent hundreds of Black Friday consumers racing for the exits or sheltering in businesses.
There have been no arrests in the previous night’s shooting at the Tacoma Mall, south of Seattle, as of Saturday afternoon.
The gunfire began just after 7 p.m. Friday near the food court of the mall. Two off-duty Tacoma police officers working at the mall soon called in that shots had been fired, according to Officer Gary Wurges of the Tacoma Police Department.
The shooting injured one person, a man, who was brought to the hospital for treatment of critical injuries. He appeared to be in good health.
Officers attempted to locate the perpetrator as shoppers fled the shooting. Over 60 cops from Tacoma, Pierce County, Lakewood, Puyallup, and the Washington State Patrol were dispatched to the scene.
Officers working in the mall observed a small group get into a fight that turned into shooting, according to Seattle television station KOMO.
When the mall was put on lockdown, customers huddled inside stores or sheltered in place.
Daisey Dockter, who was completing a meal with her aunt and uncle when gunshots erupted, told KOMO, “We were about to get up and I hear maybe six rounds or something.” “All of a sudden, we all start sprinting toward the door.” It’s a throng of people. “Everyone seems to be pushing.”
When Fredrick Hoskins heard gunshots, he was out shopping with his daughter.
“Boom, boom, boom… boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom Hoskins, who previously served in the military, told The News Tribune that he fired six shots. “It sounded like a revolver with one shooter,” says the narrator.
With over 100 retailers, the Tacoma Mall is Tacoma’s largest shopping mall.
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