California mall shooting leaves one man wounded

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A gunman is being sought after opening fire at a California shopping mall Saturday evening, wounding one man and sending panicked customers to run for cover, authorities said.

Officers responded to the Great Mall in Milpitas around 5:20 p.m. on reports of a shooting outside an Old Navy store, Milpitas Police Department Lt. Tyler Jamison told the Los Angeles Times.

Jamison declined to comment on the victim’s condition.

Videos on social media showed people locked in stores before police released them to safety.

Earlier, Milpitas police on Twitter urged people to shelter in place until cops cleared the area.

“ALL CLEAR, teams have concluded their searches of the mall interior. Everyone who was sheltering-in-place has been escorted out safely. There were no additional victims associated with this shooting,” the department tweeted around 9:30 p.m.

Witness Angelo Palma said he and his friend stopped at the mall after their church meeting when they saw people running.

“We started running,” Palma told KNTV. “Everyone just started running. People were running forward, people were running back. People were falling. It was hectic.”

An investigation is continuing, and police have not released information about the suspect’s whereabouts.

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