One man was left dead after a shooting at Arden Fair mall on Black Friday (Picture: AP/@Sacpolice/Twitter)
A man was shot dead and a teenager critically wounded after a shooting in a Sacramento shopping mall on Black Friday.
A male shooter, said to between 18 and 25, was caught on video approaching two people at Arden Fair mall on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. He opened fire on them, before running out of the building.
Crowds ran for cover as the sound of bullets tore through the air at around 6:13pm on Friday evening.
A manhunt is underway in northern California after the shooter fled the scene.
The gunman was seen wearing a dark-coloured hoodie or jacket. Police believe he was driving a 1990s red Toyota Camry.
The Sacramento Police Department described the shooting as a ‘targeted and isolated attack.’
A statement yesterday said: ‘SPD officers are on the scene of a shooting that occurred in Arden Fair Mall. Two shooting victims have been located and the suspect has fled the area.
‘There is no active threat at this time. Police will remain in the area as the investigation continues.’
Sacramento police work cordon off the area at Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Nov 27, 2020 (Picture: AP/The Sacramento Bee / Paul Kitagaki Jr)
Police said the suspect had fled and there was no active threat to the mall (Picture: AP/Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee)
The shopping mall was evacuated and closed for the night, according to local news Sacramento Bee.
Speaking to Fox40, witness Collin Dean described hearing the shooting. He said: ‘We were probably about 25, 30 feet from the shooting.
‘We heard the first loud bang and everyone just got really quiet. It was kind of offsetting and we were trying to figure out what it was and a split second later, we heard another shot.
‘That’s when everyone realized it and started running towards the back.’
Another witness, Dean, described how he mistook the sound of the shots for a storm. He said: ‘We thought it was like thunder, maybe it started raining because it was one or two at first.’
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg responded to the incident on Twitter shortly after the shooting, saying. ‘We are awaiting more details on tonight’s incident from @SacPolice,’ he wrote.
‘We are deeply concerned by the increase in gun violence in Sacramento and other cities during the pandemic, and have supported increasing our efforts to reach young people at risk. A gun is never the answer.’
The mall was evacuated in the midst of Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days (Picture: AP/Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee)
Speaking to reporters at around 9pm, Sacramento Police Department spokesman Officer Karl Chan said: ‘Our detectives are very good at their job, and we know that they will be doing a very thorough investigation on this.
‘We will be doing everything that we can to identify the suspect or suspects who were involved in this incident and make an arrest in this.’
The victims’ identities remain undisclosed.
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