2 shot out­side mall in sub­urb of Salt Lake City

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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 that in­clude with stores such as Crate and Bar­rel, Macy’s and Nord­strom.

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

Crate and Bar­rel em­ployee Danielle Cala­cino told The As­so­ci­ated Press that she saw peo­ple run­ning out of the mall after an 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.

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