One dead and one injured in Southcenter Mall shooting
In a shooting inside the Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, Wash., one person died and another was injured, Tukwila police spokesman Mike Murphy said, KIRO-TVl reported.
The mall was locked down Saturday night after the incident, which may be gang-related, took place. SWAT team members went inside the mall, searching for six hours for the gunman, Murphy said.
"Thousands" of shoppers were at the mall, Murphy said, when multiple shots were fired just before 3:45 p.m. inside the building
Eyewitness Chris Plummer said there was a fight between a group of 18- to 20-year-olds and one of them pulled out a gun and started shooting. Plummer said he was standing next to the shooter and six to seven shots were fired.
Two victims were transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, said hospital spokesperson Susan Gregg-Hanson.
One man died in the shooting, and the other is in critical condition. No other people were injured, Murphy said.
The shooter, who police have described as a black male, has not been caught. Murphy said that there is a possibility the assailant "may have escaped" with the crowd, but he said police anticipated identifying the shooter "soon" and then making an arrest.
The shooter has not been caught. Murphy said he may have escaped with the crowd, but said police anticipated identifying the shooter soon and arresting him.