Man is killed and a teen is critically injured in Black Friday shooting at Sacramento mall
- One man was killed and a teen was critically wounded following a shooting at Arden Fair mall, in Sacramento
- Police have described the shooting as ‘a targeted and isolated attack’
- Black Friday shoppers ran for cover as bullets rang out at around 6:15pm
- Homicide detectives are carrying out a full investigation but have so far revealed few details about the shooting, gunman or the victims
A manhunt is underway northern California after a shooting at a shopping center killed one person and left another wounded.
A male adult was shot dead while a teenager was also wounded and left suffering life-threatening injuries.
The Sacramento Police Department said the suspect fled the scene just after 6:15pm on Friday adding ‘There is no active threat at this time.’
Police later clarified that it was ‘NOT an active shooter incident.
Police stand outside Arden Fair Mall after a shooting that left one person dead and another critically injured, on Friday evening in Sacramento, California
One Twitter user captured the scene of the shooting with two victims seen lying on the floor
Sacramento police work at the area where one person was killed and another critically wounded. Police later said the suspect had fled and there was no active threat to the mall
The shooter, who appeared to be between 18 and 25, was caught on video approaching two people at the mall before opening fire on them.
The victims’ identities have not been revealed.
‘Our detectives are very good at their job, and we know that they will be doing a very thorough investigation on this,’ Officer Chan told reporters. ‘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 suspect who was wearing a dark-colored hoodie or jacket then ran out of the building.
Police say they believe the man was driving a 1990s red Toyota Camry.
Sacramento Police stated that there was no ‘active threat’ after the shoot threat
Dozens of police cars showed up at the scene of the shooting on Friday evening at the mall
The Arden Fair mall, where the shooting occurred which was full of Black Friday shoppers at the time was evacuated after the incident, according to the Sacramento Bee.
‘We are awaiting more details on tonight’s incident from @SacPolice,’ Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg tweeted shortly after the shooting.
‘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.’
‘We were probably about 25, 30 feet from the shooting,’ witness Collin Dean told Fox40.
Black Friday shoppers ran for cover as bullets rang out at around 6:15pm
Homicide detectives are carrying out a full investigation but have so far revealed few details about the shooting, gunman or the victims
‘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.’
Witnesses say several more shots were fired as people attempted to run and hide despite not knowing exactly what was happening.
‘We thought it was like thunder, maybe it started raining because it was one or two at first,’ Dean said.
The mall was quickly evacuated with police arriving on scene quickly.
‘It was just a very traumatic moment,’ said Ester Diaz who witnessed the shooting.
‘There was tons of people in there,’ she said. ‘There was a lot of people having trouble trying to run from where they were at. There was people with strollers.’
The mall was evacuated in the midst of Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days
Witnesses say several more shots were fired as people attempted to run and hide despite not knowing exactly what was happening. Pictured, police cars are spotted on scene at the mall