Police are looking for a gun that killed and killed two to fifteen in a shopping mall in northern California in the middle of Black Friday and ran shoppers for safety, authorities said.
Shortly after 6 p.m., the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento was evacuated when shots were fired near one of the entrances to the mall, police spokesman Karl Chan said.
A 19-year-old man was found dead in the mall and a 17-year-old boy was critically wounded at a bank outside the mall. He was taken to the hospital and released from his injuries several hours later, police told Sacramento Bee on Saturday.
The mall staff said they heard as many as a dozen shots.
“I heard a few shots heard, I didn’t think of anything,” Antwon Martinez said. “And more and more people left, so everyone started running towards our back room … Everyone just started running.”
He said customers and workers escaped through the corridors and stairs at the back of the mall.
The coronavirus epidemic held thinner-than-usual crowds on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the newspaper reported.
Chan said the shooting appeared to be a targeted and isolated attack, although he did not disclose his armed motives. Police say they have been looking for a suspect around 20 years old.
Other details of the shooting were not immediately disclosed, but Chan called on people who may have witnessed the shooting to come to light and said the mall’s security camera footage was being investigated by murder investigators.
“We know the mall has a pretty robust surveillance record,” he said.
There have been gun attacks and killings in the California capital, as well as in Los Angeles and other cities. About 40 homicides have been reported this year.
“We are deeply concerned about the increase in armed violence in Sacramento and other cities during the pandemic, and we have supported increased efforts to reach vulnerable youth,” tweeted Mayor Darrell Steinberg. – The weapon is never the answer.