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A mother tried to keep up with her children around a courtyard, morning walkers repeated their laps, and shoppers hopped into their preferred stores – all showing no signs of the chaos that took place the day before.
Stores in the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance opened at their usual time on Tuesday, 10 a.m., while music blared through the speakers.
Just before 3 p.m. Monday, a loud bang led to mayhem and a lockdown: A shooting had left a man wounded with the suspect getting away amidst the panic.
The mall was shut down for the remainder of the day, with authorities lifting a lockdown at 9:30 p.m., Torrance police Sgt. Ronald Harris said, a half-hour after stores would have closed.
An allocator with Uniglow, Pam works across the street and followed news of the shooting. She was at the mall Tuesday to check on workers at the Uniglow store.
She had heard about shootings in other malls but was a little surprised to hear one occurred at the Del Amo Fashion Center.
It didnt really bother me, I havent been looking over my shoulder, Pam said Tuesday morning. I feel good in here right now. It feels like a typical Tuesday morning.
Monday afternoons shooting brought out officers from multiple South Bay agencies and SWAT teams, who performed a thorough, methodical search, and they also led those inside and outside the mall to safety, Sgt. Harris said.
Detectives worked overnight and were reviewing mall-surveillance video and poring over other evidence, collected at the scene.