October 4, 2022
Idaho Mall Shooting Leaves 2 Dead: “We’ve got the right to run”
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police say they exchanged gunfire with a suspect during a shooting at a shopping mall in Boise, Idaho, that killed two people and injured four — including an officer. Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee said at a news conference the shooting was reported about 1:50 p.m. on Monday — as well…

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

Boise Police chief Ryan Lee stated at a news conference that the shooting was reported at 1: 50 on Monday. He also said that one person had been “shot and down”.

When the officers arrived they saw someone who was similar to the suspect’s description.

” There was a brief exchange of gunfire which resulted in the officer being injured and the suspect being taken into police custody,” Lee stated. he stated that investigators believe there was one shooter and that there is no ongoing threat to the public.

Police Monday evening stated in a news release, that the suspect was in critical conditions at a hospital. The officer who was injured had been treated and was released. The suspect and victims were not identified by authorities, but the investigation is ongoing.

” We are unable to speak to the motivations behind it,” Lee stated.

The city’s biggest mall is Boise Towne Square.

” “I cannot stress enough the trauma this event causes for the community, as well for those who were witnesses or the families of those involved, or both,” Lee stated.

Several witnesses stood outside Macy’s entrance in the rain after the shooting and waited for police to interview them or tell them to leave. A section of the mall’s parking lot was filled with police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks. The investigation was assisted by federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officers.

A quarter mile away officers shut down a portion of a road close to a busy intersection in order to investigate a second crime scene relating to the shooting incident. The officers at the second crime scene refused to answer any questions.

Cheri Kypin, of Boise ,, was walking for an hour in the mall with her friend. They walk there three to four times per week. She claimed she heard several loud bangs and thought that something was falling from the ceiling.

Then, about 60 persons, including families pushing strollers came running at them. Some shouted that there was an active gunman.

“My friend tried to process it,” said Gypin 60. “I looked at her and said, “We have to run.” We ran until we reached the end of the parking lot .”

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They made their way back towards their cars, where officers told the crowd who had fled the shopping center to get out of the parking lot.

Investigators worked with hospital officials in order to notify family members of victims and survivors, Lee stated.

Boise Lauren McLean asked the media and members of the public to respect the privacy of victims and their families as they cope with the trauma from the shooting. She expressed her gratitude to the first responders, law enforcement officers and other people who helped keep the community safe.

“Countless people were placed in a difficult and chaotic situation,” McLean stated. He praised the shopkeepers for their quick responses to help those who were already there. In a chaotic and difficult moment, you showed how much you care about others and what you are willing to do for them

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