Two shot out­side mall in Salt Lake City sub­urb

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

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.

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