'We've got to run' — Idaho mall shooting leaves 2 dead

'We've got to run' — Idaho mall shooting leaves 2 dead



BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho police exchanged gunfire with a suspect during a shooting at a shopping mall in Boise, that killed two people and injured four, including an officer, authorities said.

Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee told reporters that the shooting was reported about 1:50 p.m. on Monday and included a report that one person was “shot and down.” Panicked people who were inside the mall fled to the parking lot.

When officers arrived, they spotted someone who matched the description of the suspect.

“There was an exchange of gunfire that ensued shortly thereafter, resulting in the officer's injury, as well as the suspect being taken into custody,” Lee said.

Investigators believe there was only one shooter and that there was no ongoing danger to the public, he said.

Police on Monday evening said in a statement that the suspect was in critical condition at a hospital and that the officer who was hurt had been treated and released. Authorities didn’t release any other information about the victims or the suspect, saying the investigation was ongoing.

“We really cannot at this time speak to any motivation behind it,” Lee said.

The Boise Towne Square shopping mall is the city’s largest mall.

“I cannot stress enough how traumatic this event is for the community at large, as well as for those that were witnesses, or are the families of those involved or involved themselves,” Lee said.

After the shooting, several witnesses stood in the rain outside the entrance to Macy’s — one of five large department stores at the mall — waiting to be interviewed by police or told they could leave.

Officers from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting in the investigation.

About a quarter of a mile...

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