Texas – Police in Texas are desperately searching for information that could lead to the arrest of five suspects wanted for their involvement in a shooting that took place in a San Antonio mall on Wednesday night.
Four people were wounded by the gunfire, but police have not reported any fatalities as of this time.
Here’s what we know so far.
Officers were alerted to calls of an active shooter outside the South Park Texas mall on Wednesday evening around 9 p.m., according to a report from Fox News.
According to the report, four people were wounded when suspects opened fire in the entranceway of the shopping center building.
Initial reports suggested police were looking for three suspects, but that number has been changed to five.
PRELIMINARY INFO: Around 9:00PM officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of SW Military for multiple shooting victims. Officers located four shooting victims. Witnesses reported 3 suspects shot the victims outside the location, jumped in a black Dodge Charger, and fled. https://t.co/uv0dHEAn2H
— San Antonio PD (@SATXPolice) December 19, 2019
Authorities say while it was at the mall, it was not actually inside the building.
“It was barely inside the mall,” San Antonio police Chief William McManusMcManus told WOAI-TV. “There’s a shallow breezeway on the far end of the entrance into the mall. It happened just inside that breezeway when the victims were just about to exit the inside of the mall.”
Police discovered four victims wounded by the gunfire when they arrived, but they say the three suspects wanted in connection with the vicious attack were already gone.
The victims were not identified by name, but police say that three males, ages 17, 26, and 41. Additionally, a 19-year-old woman was also struck by rounds fired by the suspects.
All of the victims were transported to a nearby hospital and at the time of this reporting, three of the victims were stable, but one male was reported in critical condition after being shot in the stomach area.
The victims were transported to the hospital for treatment. At this time, officers are searching for the suspects and the investigation is active.
— San Antonio PD (@SATXPolice) December 19, 2019
Witnesses in the area say that five suspects had opened fire on the victims outside the mall and then jumped into a black Dodge Charger and fled the scene.
Police who arrived at the scene say they saw shell casings “all over the place”.
Mall shoppers said that the barrage of gunfire was a terrifying moment, putting everyone in the area on high alert.
The shots created a mass hysteria inside the building.
“I just saw everyone screaming, yelling and crying,” one shopper said in an interview. “Everybody started running out of Chili’s. They were just pushing everyone.”
“As far as a motive goes,” McManus said, “we simply don’t know what it is right now.”
This story is developing. Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring you updates as authorities release more information to the public.
Meanwhile, an off-duty police officer is recovering after he was shot multiple times in both arms while intervening in a robbery at a suburban Denver gas station Wednesday.
The suspect was leaving the gas station Wednesday morning when the Denver officer tried to stop him outside, Sara Horan with the Arvada Police Department said. The suspect immediately opened fire and fled the scene.
It was unclear if the detective was armed. Each department has different concealed-carry policies.
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The officer, whose name has not been released, is in fair condition with injuries that are not life-threatening.
“It’s going to be hard for the family, and we’re extremely fortunate that he’s alive,” Horan said of the officer, who is a 14-year veteran of the Denver Police Department.
Multiple people saw the robbery and shooting, and police have surveillance video from the store.
“So, here’s a situation where the officer is with his family member and interrupts a robbery in progress.
The detective displayed great courage here, interrupting somebody that’s armed and dangerous, taking action in order to protect our community. This detective should be recognized for this immediate action that they took here,” said Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen.
“Somebody that is willing to fire on a police officer is a danger to this community, and we want to make sure this individual is apprehended as quickly as possible.”
Chief Pazen teared up as he described receiving the call about the shooting, saying that he has known the detective most of his career and his willingness to intervene represents the department in the best possible light.
“He is somebody who is extremely professional and conscientious. BY no means am I surprised this detective intervened,” the Chief said. “We can all learn something from him.”
A statewide “blue” alert was issued for the suspect.
Arvada police found the vehicle, a gold Chevrolet Equinox with front-end damage and no rear license plate, connected to the incident about 5 p.m., said David Snelling, an Arvada police spokesman.
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The vehicle was found based on a public tip. The suspect was arrested about 7 p.m. in an area close to where the vehicle was found.
The suspect was arrested without further incident. The investigation is ongoing. Snelling would not say whether investigators recovered a gun.
Authorities have not yet announced what charges will be brought against the man that allegedly pulled the trigger, but those charges could include attempted murder and armed burglary.
This officer is the second to be shot in the Denver area this month.
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