Two men suffered life-threatening injuries in a mall shooting near Seattle
SEATTLE – Two men suffered non-fatal injuries in a shooting at a mall near Seattle on Saturday, in what the police described as apparently isolated violence.
The Tukwila Police Department wrote on Twitter that the shooting at the Westfield Southcenter mall appeared to be “an isolated incident among potentially known individuals”. There was no immediate news of any arrests.
Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg identified the victims as two men, aged between 32 and 27 years.
Shoppers fled the mall or took shelter in closed stores after the shots were fired. Olympia’s Wesley Eubanks told The Associated Press in direct messages on Twitter that he was at the Lush cosmetics store on the first floor of the mall with his wife when he heard six or seven shots. The couple moved to the back of the store with a few other customers as employees directed them to a certain area, he said.
Tukwila police wrote on Twitter at 12:15 pm. that the cops were at the mall south of Seattle and that people should avoid the area.
“The cops are cleaning up the mall,” the department tweeted 10 minutes later. “If you are housed in a store, please stay where you are until you are contacted by the police.”
Hundreds of people remained locked up inside the mall for up to four hours while the police cleared it.