Killed 1 in Omaha Mall Shooting That Makes Shoppers Work

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – One person was killed and another injured in a shooting at a shopping mall in Nebraska as frightened shoppers took cover.

Authorities believe the shooting in Omaha’s Westroads Mall was an isolated incident and not an accidental attack.

Police found that the suspects fled the scene after searching the mall, according to Omaha Police, Lt. Neal Bonacci. The officials gave the all clear for the first time around 1 p.m. – about an hour after several shots, reports The Omaha World-Herald.

A man was fatally shot while a woman suffered a leg wound, Bonacci said.

The gunfire caused panic as people fled the main part of the mall, according to a World Herald reporter who was in the food court at the time of the shooting.

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

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

The officers did not immediately provide additional details about the suspects or the reasons for the shooting.

This is the second reported shoot at the Westroads Mall in just over a month. Omaha policeman 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 60 meters from Von Maur, where a gunman killed eight people and himself in 2007.

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