A gunman opened fire in a popular Pennsylvania shopping mall in Lancaster on Sunday, wounding four people and causing mass panic among shoppers including one woman who caught it on video while screaming “Oh my God!” repeatedly.
Four people suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and two others were injured trying to flee the scene of the shooting. The incident occurred at Park City Center Mall.
In the video, a group is seen running away as two men fought while gunshots went off. The original clip was captioned “so someone got shot at park city mall…”
The fight seems to have originated among “several males” near a JC Penney store at approximately 2:25 p.m. A large number of shoppers fled to the parking lot following the incident.
“One of the subjects was armed with a handgun and during the incident, multiple gunshots were fired,” the Lancaster Bureau of Police stated.
Pennsylvania mall shooting pic.twitter.com/SPd8ieiDmg
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Three men and one woman were shot in the altercation. The two individuals who were injured while trying to get away from the gunfire were women.
Approximately 40 minutes after the shooting began police declared that “there is no immediate threat or danger to the public.”
The mall shut down for the rest of Sunday but is expected to reopen at 10 a.m. on Monday.
(Video Credit: 6abc Philadelphia)
Hana Ali, 57, of Lititz, told Lancasteronline.com that the shooting took place following a fight in front of Tabarek Al-Hana, an international food store she owns with her sister.
Ali claimed an argument broke out between a group of four people at approximately 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. A scuffle ensued, during which one of the men allegedly drew a gun and threatened the others.
The gun was knocked from his hand while another man attacked and shot him, Ali said.
Another man, who was also part of the group, was reportedly shot.
“Everything went so fast,” she shakily stated. “We were scared so we were hiding behind my register.”
Ali thought she heard five or six shots fired. One of the men was apparently shot in the leg and shoulder.
“I hope they are alive,” she said. “I hope no one dies.”
Park City Mall on lockdown: Family members in the parking lot say their loved ones are still in the mall where police are investigating reports of shots fired #breaking @fox43 pic.twitter.com/xh4ntdrCX2
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Two women told a York Daily Record reporter that they hid in a closet of a store named Lush after they heard screams and saw people running.
Brenda Mosser was at the mall with her husband Scott when the shootout began.
“There were sounds of guns firing… many many times,” she commented on Facebook. “I cowardly ran to the back of the store with all of the employees at the phone store as my husband went out into the mall helping people who were stunned and confused. Oh he made me sooo mad that he would not run to the back with me and my head hurts now for yelling at him to hide until police came. I think its time we take a class in gun safety and get one myself.'”
“We literally never go to the mall and for whatever reason decided to go today of all days,” Another woman named Karlye Greaves remarked on Facebook. “Never made it inside. I’ll stick to online shopping too.”
Two suspects have now reportedly been arrested.
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