2 shot out­side mall in Salt Lake City sub­urb

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL / NATION -

MUR­RAY, Utah — Two peo­ple were wounded in a shoot­ing just out­side a pop­u­lar Utah mall Sun­day where hun­dreds of scared shop­pers hun­kered down un­til po­lice ar­rived to evac­u­ate the build­ing.

Two peo­ple 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 while the woman was in se­ri­ous. Both were treated at a hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice were look­ing for three peo­ple sus­pected in the shoot­ing, Bass said. He said 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 highly vis­ited shop­ping cen­ter in the heart of the Salt Lake City metro 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 and some­one on a loud­speaker said to evac­u­ate. He started film­ing with his phone.

“Right af­ter I started film­ing, gun­shots were right around the cor­ner from me,” he told The As­so­ci­ated Press. He kept film­ing as they ran out. Gun­shots are heard in his video, along with his girl­friend cry­ing.

“I didn’t even re­ally know what was go­ing on. I was pretty sure it was gun­shots,” he said. “I felt like we couldn’t run fast enough to get out of there.”

Crate and Bar­rel em­ployee Danielle Cala­cino told The As­so­ci­ated Press that she saw peo­ple run­ning out of the mall af­ter the alarm blared. She 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, a 21-year-old stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Utah.

She said she learned there was a shoot­ing from a mes­sage on the in­ter­com. Ev­ery­one im­me­di­ately got on their phones, she said, to learn what was hap­pen­ing. Friends were tex­ting to ask if she was OK. Some peo­ple were cry­ing.

The Fash­ion Place mall said in a tweet it was “very sad­dened by the in­ci­dent” and grate­ful for the ac­tions of se­cu­rity and Mur­ray po­lice.

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.

Re­becca Mad­sen, who was work­ing at a choco­late kiosk in the mall, told the De­seret News that she was also in the back of Claire’s.

“It’s fight or flight,” Mad­sen said, wip­ing away tears. “I just prayed to God and asked for help and pro­tec­tion.”


Shop­pers with their hands raised are evac­u­ated from Fash­ion Place mall in Mur­ray, Utah, af­ter a shoot­ing Sun­day.

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