SAN FRANCISCO, California – Two suspects engaged a mall shooting. Additionally, the incident occurred on Tuesday night.
San Francisco Bay Area police are looking for the two suspects. Moreover, the shooting caused an evacuation. Furthermore, traffic surrounding the area stalled as investigators worked.
Specifically, the shooting occurred at Tanforan Mall.
Currently, officials believe that the shooters specifically targeted the two victims. Furthermore, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said the shooting was not random. This statement occurred at a press conference.
Meanwhile, San Francisco General Hospital spokesperson Brent Andrew provided an update on the victims. He said one victim is in critical condition. However, the other is in serious condition.
San Bruno Fire Chief David Cresta added more information. He said that both victims experienced gunshot wounds to the lower extremities.
No Suspects Yet in Mall Shooting
Authorities believe that the suspects might have fled the scene. Specifically, they could have fled on the public transit system Bay Area Rapid Transit.
Therefore, authorities shut down the Bay Area Rapid Transit station next to the mall for four hours. Furthermore, the service also closed a central station in Oakland for less than 30 minutes. The service tweeted this information out to the public.
Of course, it’s possible that the shooters fled in a car. However, authorities seem to believe that that isn’t the case. This probably means that no security footage spotted the shooters fleeing in a vehicle.
Barberini added, “Any shooting is a tragic, silly, stupid event. When you do it in a shopping mall or any sort of area where there’s going to be a lot of people, shows a true disregard and it’s a senseless act.”
Witness Jezabelle Catig, 20, works at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. She said she was told about the shooting and therefore instructed employees and customers to hide.