1 wounded while shooting in the Omaha Mall with shoppers running

  • CHRIS MACHIAN / OMAHA WORLD HERALD OVER AP

    People embrace in the parking lot after a shooting at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb. Shots were fired in the mall on Saturday, seriously injuring one person and rushing shoppers to the exit.

  • CHRIS MACHIAN / OMAHA WORLD-HERALD VIA AP Law enforcement directs traffic after a shooting in the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb. The gunfire rang out at the mall on Saturday, leaving one person severely wounded and sending shoppers to the exit.

    CHRIS MACHIAN / OMAHA WORLD HERALD OVER AP

    Police direct traffic after a shooting in Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb. On Saturday shots were fired in the mall, in which one person was seriously injured and shoppers ran to the exit.

OMAHA, NEB. >> Shots were fired today at a mall in Omaha that seriously injured a 21-year-old man and shoppers took cover.

Omaha Police Officer Joe Nickerson said the suspects likely fled the scene despite the police raiding the Westroads Mall as a precaution.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that around noon one of its reporters heard screams and saw a crowd run away from the main part of the mall. The people in the food court then gave up their meals and joined the crowd heading for the exit.

“It was shocking,” said Alyha Wills, who was on Forever 21 with her sister, when other buyers asked if she heard the shooting.

Then she fled and said, “I could hear it; it was close.”

This is the second reported shoot at the Westroads Mall in just over a month. Omaha police officer Jeffrey Wittstruck was shot four times by a 21-year-old man who was accused of stealing JC Penney T-shirts on March 12. Wittstruck survived.

JC Penney is about 200 feet from Von Maur, where a gunman killed eight people and himself in 2007.

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