Home‘We Have to Run’ – Idaho Mall Shooting Kills Two – Denver Post

‘We Have to Run’ – Idaho Mall Shooting Kills Two – Denver Post

Written by Rebecca Boone and Keith Ryder

Boise, Idaho (Associated Press) – Sherry Gibben thought something had fallen from the ceiling when she heard several big bangs in Boise’s largest mall, Idaho.

Then Grypin and his friend saw about 60 people, including families pushing strollers, running towards them—with some screaming, there was an active shooter in the mall on Monday afternoon.

“My friend was trying to fix it,” Gibben said. “I just looked at it and said, ‘We have to run. “So we ran and kept running until we got to the perimeter of the parking lot.”

Authorities said two people were killed and four injured – including an officer – at the Boys Town Square Shopping Center. Police said the officer was wounded in a shootout with the suspect, who was arrested and taken to hospital in critical condition.

Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee told reporters that the shooting was reported around 1:50 p.m., and included a report of “a person being shot and shot down.”

When the officers arrived, they saw someone matching the suspect’s description.

“A shootout occurred shortly thereafter, resulting in the officer’s injury, as well as the arrest of the suspect,” Lee said.

He said investigators believed there was only one shooter and that there was no continuing danger to the public. Police said what they described as “events” took place inside and outside the mall, but did not give details.

In a statement, police did not identify the gunman or the victims, citing their ongoing investigation, and said the injured officer had been treated and released.

“We can’t at the moment talk about any motive behind this,” he told me. “I cannot stress enough how shocking this event was to the community at large, as well as to those who were witnesses, the families of those involved or those involved themselves.”

After the shooting, several witnesses stood in the rain outside the entrance to Macy’s – one of the mall’s five major stores – waiting to be questioned by police or told they could leave.

Officers from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting in the investigation.

About a quarter of a mile (0.4 km) away, officers blocked off a section of the road near a busy intersection so they could investigate a second crime scene linked to the shooting. The officers at the second crime scene refused to answer questions.

He told me that investigators were working to inform the families of those injured and killed in the shooting.

Boise Mayor Lauren McClain has asked people and the media to give victims and their families privacy as they deal with the trauma of the shooting.

“Countless people have found themselves in a situation they shouldn’t have or never expected,” MacLean said, praising the shopkeepers and others for reacting “so quickly to taking care of the people out there. You showed in a difficult and chaotic moment how much you care and what you are willing to do.” It is to support and take care of strangers.”

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