The suspect who was hospitalized in Monday’s Idaho mall shooting , died Tuesday. This brings the total number of victims in violence at Boise Towne Square up to three.
The Ada County coroner identified the dead as Joseph Acker, 26, of Caldwell, and Roberto Padilla Arguelles, 49, of Rupert. The suspected shooter was identified as Jacob Bergquist, 27, of Boise.
Boise Police chief Ryan Lee stated at a press conference Tuesday that Bergquist had been known to both the police and mall security. However, he did not appear to have any arrest records in the city.
Security officers had spoken to him about disruptive or disorderly behaviour and allegations of trespassing, Lee stated. Police released a statement Tuesday stating that at least four others were also injured in the shooting.
They include two women, ages 52 and 23, who sustained what were described as non-life-threatening injuries inside a department store, and a 68-year-old woman who was struck inside a vehicle, possibly as police and the suspect exchanged gunfire outside. Police said she was expected to make a full recovery.
A Boise police officer was injured by glass in the vehicle’s window, they stated. They said that his hat was struck by gunfire.
Lee stated that he would not be surprised if there were more victims in the rush to leave the shopping center and that they went straight to the medical facilities to receive treatment.
A timeline of events police released Tuesday begins with 911 reports of gunfire at 1: 50 p.m. Monday.
It states that a security guard “contacted” the suspect at the mall’s first level, but it is not clear if the gunfire began before or after. This question will help determine if it was a random shooting, or possibly a homicidal response to security and police.
Lee described Tuesday’s suspect as an active shooter with murderous intentions. “
“This individual was cowardly and alone,” he stated.
After shooting and killing the security guard, the suspect opened fire in the mall. He “struck a glass elevator” and then shot at the floor. Police said that the incident caused two injuries.
Responding officers spotted a man fitting the suspect’s description outside the mall, and they “quickly came under fire,” Lee said.
Police responded to the fire but Lee stated that it was too early to rule out the possibility of the suspect dying from a self-inflicted firearm shot wound. Despite police stating that the suspect was carrying “guns”, Lee stated that all gunfire from the shooter came from one handgun.
He praised shopkeepers for doing the right thing by quickly ushering shoppers into bathrooms and stores that were quickly shuttered. Lee stated that shopkeepers were able to quickly take shoppers into bathrooms and secure them so they are no longer accessible.
Police requested that social media companies preserve Bergquist’s accounts in order to allow investigators to determine if there are any clues online.
Boise officers are investigating the attack on the mall. The incident task force, which is headed by the Meridian Police Department, is looking into the gunfire that occurred with police.
Boise Mayor Lauren McLean said at Tuesday’s news conference: “Yesterday was a hard day. It was a horrible day. “