1 suspect, 1 victim in shooting at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance – The Daily Breeze

1 suspect, 1 victim in shooting at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance - The Daily Breeze

Police swarm Del Amo mall in Torrance after gunman opens fire; 1 person is wounded

Heavily armed SWAT teams concluded a search Monday night at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance for the suspect in a shooting that sent shoppers fleeing.

A Torrance Police Department spokesman said one man was shot at the mall at 3525 W. Carson Street just before 3 p.m. He was found on the floor, bleeding from his neck, with several people rendering aid, according to witnesses.

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The man was treated at the scene by Torrance firefighters, then taken to a hospital. He was expected to survive, said Sgt. Ronald Harris, the police spokesman.

"As of now, it does appear to be an isolated incident," Torrance Police Sgt. Ron Harris said at a press briefing outside the mall. It was not immediately clear if the shooter was a shopper or employee, or where the person opened fire, Harris told The Associated Press. Harris said the victim is expected to recover, but he did not know the person's gender, condition or where he or she had been shot.

Video: Reported shooting at Del Amo Mall in Torrance

In a sweep of the mall and the surrounding area that lasted for several hours, he said police did not find any other shooting victims.

Videos taken by people inside the mall and broadcast on TV show a group gathered around the presumed victim, who appeared to have been shot in the upper chest or shoulder. The videos show blood splattered on the floor as officers and mall patrons aid the victim, who appears to be conscious. Other videos show first responders taking the victim through the mall on a stretcher.

With suspect still out there, Torrance PIO Ron Harris says he couldnt confirm whether the search near apartment/Mobil I just posted about is related to the Del Amo Fashion Center incident but that I dont know what the tie is, I just know were checking all leads, he said.

TV footage and social media posts also show shoppers and employees evacuating as officers in SWAT vehicles arrived, while others were forced to wait inside for a police escort to leave. Police were "methodically" searching the mall Monday evening, Harris said. Authorities were also speaking to witnesses and "scouring" video.

Harris said the department called off the mall search at around 9:40 p.m. The mall could open Tuesday when Del Amo Fashion Center management decides to do so.

Alba Mejia, an employee at the Panda Express, told ABC7 she suddenly saw about 100 people running before she heard shouting. "I heard somebody say, 'somebody has a gun, somebody has a gun!'" she said. "I didn't know what was going on."

Man Wounded, Suspect Flees In Shooting At Del Amo Fashion Center

No arrests were made as of 10 p.m. Monday night, but Harris noted that detectives would continue to follow up on leads outside of the mall.

Once the mall was taken off lock down, mall visitors were allowed to return to and pick up their vehicles from the area.

Police believe the attacker left the sprawling Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, south of Los Angeles. Officers found one person with a gunshot wound inside the mall and don't believe there are additional victims.

The lockdown at Del Amo Fashion Center has concluded. The mall has been searched and cleared. All police units are clearing the area and all citizens are clear to pick up their vehicles from the area.

The shooting prompted the lockdown of a nearby middle school. The mall has more than 250 stores. A spokeswoman for the mall's owner, the Simon Property Group, referred media inquiries to police.

Dozens on social media described hearing a loud bang, then seeing others running from the food court. Others outside the mall also described the scene.

In the afternoon of  Monday, June 3, 2019, a shooting was reported in the food court area of the large shopping mall. Unconfirmed reports state that one person was injured as a result of the shooting. The shooter was reported to be a Hispanic male adult, in his 20’s. He is believed to have a shaved head and witnesses reported that he was wearing a black shirt and checkered shorts.

Reports of a shooting at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance drew a large police response on Monday afternoon, June 3, 2019. (Photo by Chuck Bennett)

Those who did not self-evacuate were evacuated by police. Following the evacuation, the mall was placed on lockdown.No arrest has been made at this time and no other information is available. At this time authorities are not sure if the gunman is hiding or fled the location. Information will be updated as it is received.

Reports of a shooting at Del Amo Mall in Torrance brought a heavy police presence Monday afternoon, June 3. (Photo by David Rosenfeld/Daily Breeze/SCNG)

Torrance, Calif. – Police are at the scene of Del Amo Fashion Center (mall) in the City of Torrance for the report of a shooting.

Reports of a shooting at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance drew a large police response on Monday afternoon, June 3, 2019. (Photo by Chuck Bennett)

Employees at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance stand outside closed doors during a lockdown following a shooting Monday, June 3. (Photo by David Rosenfeld)

Torrance police officers respond to a shooting at Del Amo Fashion Center Monday, June 3, 2019. (Photo by David Rosenfeld)

TORRANCE, Calif. (FOX 11) – Torrance police swarmed Del Amo mall in the 3500 block of W. Carson Street Monday afternoon following a shooting at the mall.

Torrance police officers respond to a shooting at Del Amo Fashion Center Monday, June 3, 2019. (Photo by David Rosenfeld)

The shooting was reported at about 2:56 p.m. Monday. Police are still searching for the gunman who got away. At least one person was injured.

Torrance police officers respond to a shooting at Del Amo Fashion Center Monday, June 3. (Photo by David Rosenfeld)

Aeria footage showed several groups of people running out of the mall. The mall was placed on lockdown.

Torrance police officers respond to a shooting at Del Amo Fashion Center on Monday, June 3. (Photo by David Rosenfeld)

TORRANCE (CBSLA) – A shooting Monday at the Del Amo Fashion Center mall in Torrance left one person wounded and prompted a massive police response and the lockdown of a nearby school.

Torrance police officers respond to a shooting at Del Amo Fashion Center Monday, June 3. (Photo by David Rosenfeld)

Police received a report of shots fired around 3 p.m. at the mall in the 3500 block of West Carson Street, according to Torrance Police Department Sgt. Ronald Harris.

Del Amo Fashion Center private security officers speek with employees outside closed doors during a lockdown following a shooting Monday, June 3. (Photo by David Rosenfeld)

Expand The suspect — described as a man, between 20 and 25 years old, with a shaved head and wearing a black shirt and checkered shorts — fled immediately.

Police Officer Craig Durling says it’s believed the attacker fled the mall but most stores were locked down while police conducted a search.

Harris said police received information that the suspect may have run outside the mall, and police shut down several nearby streets and a middle school as the search continued.

Video posted on social media appeared to show at least one male victim with an apparent gunshot wound inside the shopping center.

Officers also remained inside the mall. They went through each store, evacuating shoppers and mall workers, while the search continued into the evening.

Responding officers found one person with a gunshot wound at the scene and transported the victim in unknown condition.

Numerous people locked inside the mall said they were still hiding in stores and communicating with worried loved ones through text messages. Rumors of an active shooter flooded social media, and some said they were worried about giving away their locations.

Harris said the initial information gathered by detectives indicated this was not an active shooter situation.

“We have one shooter and we have one victim,” he said. He said police were sweeping the area to see if there were any other victims.

The motive for the shooting was not clear. Detectives would remain on scene to determine what led to the violent confrontation.

Police units from several nearby agencies including Hawthorne, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach, swarmed the mall soon after reports of the shooting.

In a tweet, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn confirmed the Del Amo mall shooting and asked residents to stay away from the mall during the police response.

Amiq Kamal, who owns a perfume business at the mall, said he heard a loud bang, then ran out of his store to see what happened. After the gunshot, he saw people running and screaming.

He said he saw the victim, a man in his 20s, on the ground near the Finish Line shoe store. He saw two men rendering aid to him.

“There was a guy on the floor bleeding, so we tried to help him and put something on his neck,” Kamal said.

Purported video of the shooting aftermath posted to social media showed shoppers, Torrance police officers and a mall security guard tending to the man, who was lying on the floor amid blood stains.

“There was a lot of people screaming and all of a sudden everyone started running into the store,” Rahim said.

He opened a back door and let them seek refuge in an employees only area. After that he said they ran to the exit as fast as they could.

Stephanie Sanchez, a woman at the mall with her husband and two children, 4 and 2 years old, hid inside Dick’s Sporting Goods near the shoe section for roughly two hours.

“When I looked down to the level below us, everybody started running and screaming that there was somebody with a gun,” Sanchez said. “I was scared for my daughters, and I was just glad I was in there, safe.”

Dan Almond, who works at Macy’s inside the mall, happened to be at the mall to buy a book. He had active shooter training just last week, and said he felt a sense of calm after his training.

“We’re seeing more and more of this happening,” he said. “I didn’t see any blood and gore, so you know, it was just another matter of a story coming to me.”

A Torrance Unified School District employee said nearby Madrona Middle School had also been placed on lock down. By early evening all the students had been evacuated and safely returned to their parents.


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