Police investigate Black Friday mall shooting in Tacoma

<p><p>Associated Press</p></p><p><p>TACOMA – Police in Washington state on Saturday were investigating a shooting at a shopping mall that left one person seriously wounded and sent hundreds of Black Friday shoppers fleeing for exits or hiding in stores.</p></p><p><p>As of Saturday afternoon, no arrests had been reported in the previous night’s shooting at the Tacoma Mall, south of Seattle.</p></p><p><p>The shooting began just after 7 p.m. Friday near the mall’s food court. Officer Gary Wurges, a spokesperson for the Tacoma Police Department, said two off duty officers working at the mall quickly called in that shots had been fired.</p></p><p><p>One person, a male, was injured in the shooting and taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries. He was in stable condition.</p></p><p><p>As shoppers fled the gunfire, officers attempted to locate the shooter. More than 60 law enforcement officers from Tacoma, Pierce County, Lakewood, Puyallup and the Washington State Patrol responded.</p></p><p><p>Seattle television station KOMO reported that officers working in the mall saw a small group get into a dispute that escalated with gunfire.</p></p><p><p>As the mall went into lockdown, shoppers left inside sheltered in place or hid inside stores.</p></p><p><p>“We were about to get up and I hear about six shots or something,” Daisey Dockter, who was finishing a meal with her aunt and uncle when gunfire broke out, told KOMO. “We all just start running toward the door. It’s a huge mob of people. Everyone’s kind of pushing.”</p></p><p><p><span class=”print_trim”>Fredrick Hoskins was shopping with his daughter when he heard gunfire.</span></p></p><p><p><span class=”print_trim”>“There was a boom, boom, boom … boom, boom, boom. Maybe like six shots,” Hoskins, who previously served in the military, told the News Tribune. “It sounded like a revolver, and it sounded like one shooter.”</span></p></p><p><p>The Tacoma Mall is Tacoma’s largest shopping mall, with more than 100 stores.</p></p>