Two shot outside mall in Salt Lake City suburb
SALT LAKE CITY: Two people have been wounded in a shooting just outside a popular Utah mall where hundreds of scared shoppers hunkered down until police arrived to evacuate the building.
Two people in their early 20s were shot near the southeast entrance to the Fashion Place mall in Murray, a suburb south of Salt Lake City, said Murray Police Officer Kenny Bass.
The man was in a critical condition while the woman was in a serious condition. Both were treated at a hospital.
Police were looking for three people suspected in the shooting, Officer Bass said.
He said the shooting might be gang related.
Shoppers were escorted by police out of the mall holding their hands in the air.
The mall is a highly visited shopping centre in the heart of the Salt Lake City metro area with stores such as Crate and Barrel, Macy’s and Nordstrom.
Officer Bass said no other victims or suspects were found inside the mall.
Stella Fonseca, an assistant manager at Claire’s, told The Salt Lake Tribune that she helped barricade a back room with filing cabinets and lockers to hide herself, other employees and four customers, “There was a sense of panic,” she said.