Police responded to a “disturbance” at a Pacifica Mall in California on Thursday and heard reports of an active shooter in the building, according to reports.
Mr. Johnson told The Guardian that he heard “several” gunshots, one of which hit his car in the parking lot, and “heard three people yelling that they had been shot.”
Ed Hernandez, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, told The Independent earlier on Thursday that the incident did not appear to be related to terrorism, but instead was triggered by a fight that occurred between two men. The Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that one man in the altercation fatally shot another man in the face and proceeded to run into the shopping mall, where he had two children with him.
According to Hernandez, the standoff lasted for about one hour, with four deputies eventually “tearing down” the doors of the gunman’s getaway vehicle and capturing him in the food court. Authorities searched the gunman’s vehicle and found no gun.
A woman told KTVU that she saw two other people being loaded into ambulances, but it was unclear if she was one of them. An anonymous source on Twitter told The Independent that multiple people were taken to local hospitals with gunshot wounds, but these were not confirmed.
The mall was evacuated, with patrons leaving the shopping center on foot or in cars. Some shoppers told KTVU that they were told to go home by mall employees.
The incident led to limited shopping center access as police searched for the gunman. Deputies told the Los Angeles Times that they would have a better understanding of the situation at midday.
Read the full story at The Guardian.
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