A shooting at the Great Mall near San Jose, California, shocked last minute Christmas shoppers on Saturday.
Officers responded to several reports of shots that had been fired inside the Milpitas mall around 5:16 p.m. on Saturday evening. The mall was packed at the time of the shooting, despite California’s stay-at-home orders that were instituted in response to the increasing spread of Covid-19.
When police arrived at the scene of the shooting, they found a 22-year-old man suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The injured San Francisco resident was later hospitalized and is currently in stable condition.
After gunshots rang out, people who were shopping inside of stores were asked to shelter in place whereas those in the interior of the mall were evacuated. SWAT teams scoured the mall for potential shooting victims and suspects.
Two unrelated medical injuries occurred amongst the chaos of the evacuation, but both victims were swiftly transported to a local hospital for care. The mall was successfully evacuated around three hours after the shooting, and no other injuries occurred.
Officers completed their search at 9:26 p.m., and concluded that no gunman had been located. Upon further investigation overnight, detectives discovered that the 22-year-old man had shot himself and that the shooting was not an act of violence.