Gunman kills one at Florida mall
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A gunman fatally shot a man in a fight at a crowded mall on Sunday, then sent hundreds of Christmas shoppers running for cover as he fired at police chasing him, authorities said.SWAT team members arrested the suspect after he barricaded himself in a department store at the Boynton Beach Mall, north of Miami, said Boynton Beach Police Lt. Jeffrey Katz said.The mall was evacuated, and Katz said it was miraculous no one else was injured when the shooting broke out in midafternoon.”The suspect ran through the mall and began to fire at officers as they were chasing him through the mall,” Katz said. “Our officers did not return fire.”Agate Alphonse was on her way to a shoe store when she passed a group of 10 to 15 people punching and grabbing one another, she said. A few moments later, shots rang out.”Some people got down. Some people ran,” said Alphonse, who crouched low and later ran out of the mall.Sinette White, 19, of Lake Worth, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel she heard popping sounds while getting her nails done, then saw a man on the ground.Shoppers gathered around him as police arrived to give CPR, but they heard more shots and police told them to take cover, she said.The gunman barricaded himself in part of a Dillard’s store and refused to surrender when officers contacted him through the public address system, Katz said. A SWAT team entered the store and captured him without incident, he said.”A couple” other men were being questioned by police, Katz said.A mall spokesman, Sam Yates, said the shooting was outside a store within the shopping complex.It was not immediately clear what started the fight. The names of the victims and the shooter have not been released.Mall officials said the complex was closed for the rest of the day.In North Carolina, a man was charged with attempted murder Sunday after a shooting a day earlier at a Greensboro mall packed with shoppers. One man was critically wounded by gunfire shortly before the Four Seasons Town Centre closed Saturday.It was the second shooting of the weekend at a North Carolina mall.One man was slightly wounded at Charlotte’s Eastland Mall on Friday evening when an argument between two groups of men ended with one firing through glass entrance doors. No arrests were immediately made.
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