2 shot out­side mall in Salt Lake City sub­urb

The News Tribune - - Nation & World -

Two peo­ple were wounded in a shoot­ing just out­side a pop­u­lar Utah mall Sun­day where hun- dreds 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. 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.

SPENSER HEAPS The De­seret News via AP

Peo­ple evac­u­ate af­ter a re­ported shoot­ing at Fash­ion Place mall in Mur­ray, Utah, on Sun­day.

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