One man dead and two seriously injured in Colorado mall shooting after fight broke out on Christmas Eve
- The shooting took place after a fight broke out between two groups of people
- It is the second shooting in a shopping center in two days, while people were doing their shopping
- The identity of the shooter remains unknown
One man was killed and two seriously injured in a shooting at a Colorado mall on Christmas Eve.
The shooting broke out after police say a fight broke out between two groups of people at the Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Denver.
Officials were called to the scene around 4:40 p.m., half an hour before the closure was scheduled for Sunday.
Police found a man shot to death and other men, each with at least one gunshot wound, who were taken to hospital in serious condition.
A woman was also taken to hospital with minor injuries, excluding gunshot wounds.
One man was killed and two seriously injured in a shooting at a Colorado mall on Christmas Eve
The shooting broke out after a fight broke out between two groups of people at the Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs
Several people were arrested at the scene as part of the investigation, police said.
Officials are trying to determine which of them was the shooter.
The victims have not been named.
A witness named Travis told 11 News they heard several shots before chaos broke out.
“I first heard four, and then I see everyone running out of the playground,” the man told local media. “They told everyone to get out, and then they just let go. I don't know how many gunshots came after that.'
The mall was evacuated at 8 p.m. but is expected to remain closed until Tuesday.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact Colorado Springs police at 719-444-7000.
The mall was evacuated at 8 p.m. but is expected to remain closed until Tuesday
It's the second time in two days that shots rang out at a mall as people did their Christmas shopping on what is the second-busiest shopping day of the year.
A day earlier, one person was killed and another injured after a shooting at a central Florida mall, and the gunman is still on the run.
Ocala police confirmed one man was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A woman who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.
The shooter is believed to be a black man wearing a dark hoodie, black pants and a mask partially covering his face, Ocala Police Chief Mike Balken said.
Authorities responded to calls reporting an “active shooter” at the Paddock Mall in Ocala, 80 miles northwest of Orlando, around 3:40 p.m. Saturday.