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Gunman shoots one at California shopping mall forcing police staff and customers to shelter in place

BREAKING NEWS: Gunman shoots one at California shopping mall forcing police to order staff and customers to shelter in place

  • A suspect opened fire inside the Great Mall in Milpitas on Saturday evening
  • One man was shot but the it sent crowds of shoppers running for cover
  • Shoppers and employees were then told to shelter in place in various stores
  • The condition of the victim or the whereabouts of the suspect are not known

San Francisco Bay Area police are investigating a shooting at a shopping mall outside San Jose on Saturday evening.  

Employees and customers inside the Great Mall in Milpitas were asked to shelter in place as officers responded to the situation according to the Milpitas Police Department.

‘Search teams are systematically searching all stores that were sheltering in place, and will be escorting employees and customers out into the parking lot,’ Milpitas Police said in a tweet.

‘Officers and detectives remain on scene and are actively investigating this incident.’ 

Santa Clara County Sheriff officers investigate a shooting incident at the Great Mall in Milpitas, California on Saturday

One woman on Twitter posted video of her encounter during the shooting and lockdown

One woman on Twitter posted video of her encounter during the shooting and lockdown

Police had shoppers and workers at the mall shelter in place until the threat was over

Police had shoppers and workers at the mall shelter in place until the threat was over

Milpitas Police Department Lt. Tyler Jamison would not comment on the condition of the victim or the whereabouts of the suspect.

‘Right now, we’re not releasing any more information,’ he said to the LA Times. ‘We’re having everyone shelter in place until officers finish their investigation and their search.’

Jamison said it was unclear if the shooting was simply an isolated incident or if the suspect intended to hurt others at the mall.

Personnel from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene which lies about 8 miles north of downtown San Jose. 

‘We started running,’ witness Angelo Palma said to NBC News. ‘Everyone starts running. A shooting, everyone just started running. People were running forward, people were running back. People were falling. It was hectic.’  

Police respond to the scene of a reported active shooter at the Great Mall in Milpitas

Police respond to the scene of a reported active shooter at the Great Mall in Milpitas

Police release customers from the Great Mall in Milpitas, Calif., after reports of an active shooter were made

Police release customers from the Great Mall in Milpitas, Calif., after reports of an active shooter were made

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