According to reports, a 16-year-old girl was shot to the upper torso at a Connecticut mall Wednesday night, thereby causing the building to be placed on lockdown.
Danbury police officers reportedly responded to a report of shots fired near the Macy’s store at the Danbury Fair Mall shortly after 7 p.m. On arrival, officers found an unidentified girl with gunshot wound, she was transported to Danbury Hospital.
Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour disclosed that the shooting started from a dispute between two sets of people and the victim was not the intended target.
The chief also added that the suspect’s group had left the building and police were reportedly examining surveillance video in an effort to identify them.
Tyreef Mahboob recounted that he had just entered the mall when he heard “a loud popping noise.
“So my head, right away I just jumped up and was like, ‘What the heck was that?’ somebody either dropped something, or that was a gunshot, i hesitated for a while, and then I just see people frantically running towards me, so I started to back up and saw like a 16-year-old girl running past me, crying, saying her friend just got shot to the stomach.
Then I saw more people running and seeing that it’s the pandemic, people have masks on, so I didn’t know who was the shooter, so I turned around and ran out of there as well.” Mahboob recounted.
Police states, they believe the shooting was an isolated incident, but added that an investigation is currently ongoing, assisted by the Connecticut State Police and other local departments.
Ridenhour disclosed late Wednesday that police were investigating whether a white male seen running with a hammer was the shooter’s intended target.
No arrests have been made, the mall had been cleared and building management would determine whether it would open as normal on Thursday, Ridenhour added.