Officers, Karl Chan, a Sacramento Police spokesman, reported slightly fired shots at Arden Fair Mall after Friday at 6 p.m.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found two victims, one of them wounded and transported to hospital, and another was later declared dead at the scene, Chan told reporters Friday night.
The suspect fled before the officers arrived, he said.
“At this point, we can confirm that this seems to be a truly isolated event and not the result of an active shooter,” he added.
The shooting took place in the mall, Chan said while “a lot of people” were there.
Investigators working to identify the suspect or suspects
Investigators are processing the location of the shooting and working to contact witnesses to obtain more information about the incident, Chan added.
“We know the mall does have a pretty robust surveillance record, so our homicide investigators are definitely looking into that,” Chan said.
He urged anyone with more information about the shooting to contact the investigators.
“We will do everything we can to identify the suspect or suspects involved in this incident and arrest it,” he said.
The mayor is worried about the violence
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg expressed concern over the violence in a statement on Twitter and said he expected more details from police.
“The weapon is never an answer,” the mayor added.
CNN’s Sarah Moon contributed to the report.