Gunman kills at least 5 at Salt Lake mall

January 11, 2020

first_img“Then we heard shot after shot after shot – loud, loud, loud,” said McKeown, saying she heard about 20. She and three others hid under a staircase until it was safe to leave. Many employees and shoppers – “a lot of scared people” – were hunkered down and waiting for a police escort, Snyder said. “This is a huge area to cover,” she said. Streets were blocked outside the mall as police swarmed the scene. Dozens of people lingered on the sidewalk, many wrapped in blankets as they talked about what they had seen inside. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SALT LAKE CITY – A gunman entered a shopping mall and randomly opened fire on customers Monday night, killing five people and injuring many others before he was killed, police said. More than three hours later, police were searching stores for shocked shoppers and employees who were hunkered down awaiting a safe escort from the Trolley Square mall. “We have six fatalities and multiple victims at hospitals,” police Detective Robin Snyder said. “They were found throughout the mall. I don’t know male or female or ages. “The suspect has been killed,” she said. The two-story enclosed mall, just southeast of downtown, is a refurbished old trolley barn, with a series of winding hallways and about 80 stores. At least four people were hospitalized, three in critical condition and one in serious condition, hospital representatives said. Two of the critically injured were men ages 16 and 50, a spokesman said. Authorities offered few details but said the gunman entered the mall about 6:45 p.m. MST. Antique store owner Barrett Dodds, 29, said he saw a man in a trench coat exchanging gunfire with a police officer outside a card store. The gunman was backed into a children’s clothing store, he said. “I saw the cops go in the store. I saw the shooter go down,” said Dodds, who watched from the second floor. Barb McKeown, 60, of Washington, D.C., was in another antique shop when two women ran in and reported gunshots. last_img

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