Cus­tomers hide in stock­room as shots ring out at mall

The Peterborough Examiner - - Canada & World -

MUR­RAY, UTAH — Two peo­ple were wounded in a shoot­ing just out­side a pop­u­lar Utah mall Sun­day.

Hun­dreds of scared shop­pers hun­kered down un­til po­lice ar­rived to evac­u­ate the build­ing.

A man and a woman in their early 20s were shot at about 1:30 p.m. 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 crit­i­cal con­di­tion, the woman se­ri­ous. Both were treated at a hospi­tal.

Po­lice were look­ing for three peo­ple sus­pected in the shoot­ing, Bass said. He added the shoot­ing may be gang-re­lated.

Shop­pers were es­corted by po­lice out of the mall hold­ing their hands in the air. The mall is a pop­u­lar shop­ping cen­tre in the heart of the Salt Lake City area with stores such as Crate and Bar­rel, Macy’s and Nord­strom.

Bass says no other vic­tims or sus­pects were found in­side the mall.

Al Collins was shop­ping in Dil­lard’s with his girl­friend when the fire alarm started blar­ing. He started film­ing with his phone.

“Right af­ter I started film­ing, gun­shots were right around the cor­ner from me,” he said.

Shots are heard in his video, along with his girl­friend cry­ing.

Store em­ployee Danielle Cala said 10 to 12 em­ploy­ees and around 20 cus­tomers hid in the store’s up­stairs stock­room. She said po­lice es­corted them out af­ter about 40 min­utes.

“We were mostly all quiet and in shock,” said Cala­cino, 21.

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