Chaos at California mall after man shoots self
After a shooting in the Great Mall near San Jose, Calif., Thousands of people were emotionally distressed, protected themselves on the spot and called home to tell families they loved them, authorities said, according to CBS San Francisco on Sunday with.
The officers responded at around 5:16 pm. Saturday local time to numerous reports of gunfire at the Great Mall in Milpitas town When they arrived, they found a 22-year-old man from San Francisco who suffered from a non-life threatening gunshot wound and was later hospitalized.
Several law enforcement agencies responded to the Great Mall to help. Shops were asked to seek shelter while the mall interior was evacuated and SWAT teams searched for suspects and other victims.
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Two unrelated medical emergencies occurred during the evacuation. Both victims were taken to a local hospital by paramedics.
The officers ended the search at 9:26 p.m. without a shooter being found. Further investigations by detectives overnight revealed that the 22-year-old man who shot himself was not a victim of violence.
The chaotic, scary event happened the last weekend before Christmas during the holiday shopping season, and shoppers say the mall was full at the time of filming - despite orders from California to stay home.
Just minutes after the shooting, terrified employees and shoppers ran out of the mall.
"People ran forward. People ran back and people fell," Angelo Balma told CBS SF. He was at the mall with friends after a church meeting and said he was in the Columbia store when he heard people shouting over the station.
Other people were hiding in the back of the shops.
"They just said active shooter and we just ran and I just ran into the store because the Levi guy said just run in the back," said one woman who wanted to remain anonymous, tearfully.
"The people who work in the store told everyone to run to the back of the store, so everyone panicked and didn't know what was going on," said Tiffany Shuler. She was shopping in Gap when she heard there was shooting in the mall.
"We just went into the back room, barricaded all three doors we had and just waited for the police to get there," said Cecilia Centenl. She works in a clothing store in the mall.
Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department officials in SWAT gear ransacked the mall business by business. They even found some buyers hiding in a hallway.
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