1 dead, 2 injuried in Melbourne Florida mall shooting, report says – Fox News
Police in Central Florida responded to a deadly shooting inside a mall Saturday morning.
Melbourne Police said one person was killed and two others injured in the shooting near the food court inside the Melbourne Square Mall. WESH.com reported that two people were shot before the gunman turned the gun on himself. The identities of the victims were not immediately clear.
The gunman’s condition is unknown. The wounded were taken to nearby hospitals.
Melbourne Police said the shooting occurred around 9:40 a.m. Saturday.
The department tweeted around 10:30 a.m. that officers were “currently working a shooting” and “have control of (the) situation” at the Melbourne Square Mall.
Within half an hour, police tweeted again that the “shooter is contained” and that officers were clearing the mall store by store. Store employees were instructed to exit the mall through their rear entrances.
Elizabeth Tickle told Florida Today she and a friend were in the food court and heard the shots from a short distance away. She said they ran for their lives.
“It was a frightening experience, something that you don’t ever want anybody to experience,” Tickle told the paper. “It was crazy. We had just gotten our food to sit down by Starbucks and Chik-fil-A, and you just hear the ‘pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,’ and you just drop everything and your body just makes you run.”
Police say the mall was temporarily closed.
“Due to the unfortunate incident at the mall this morning we are closed until further notice,” mall officials posted on Facebook. “We are still gathering information as the police conduct their investigation.”
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Additional information was not immediately available. Messages left by The Associated Press for a police spokesman were not immediately returned.
Mall security referred questions to the mall’s administrative offices.
The Associated Press contributed to this report