'Chaotic' El Paso mall shooting: 2 arrested after 1 killed, three injured
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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Police in El Paso, Texas, say a second person has been taken into custody following a shooting at a shopping mall Wednesday that left one person dead and three other people wounded.
Interim police chief Peter Pacillas said that Cielo Vista Mall was still considered a crime scene, and that it would remain locked down until authorities had completed their investigation.
Pacillas stressed however that the danger had passed.
"There is no more danger. I want to repeat that: There is no more danger to the public," Pacillas said.
The two people in custody and as well as the victims are males, Pacillas said.
A weapon was recovered at the scene, Gomez said, but he could not provide more information about that.
"It’s too early to speculate on motive," he said.
The three who were wounded were taken to local hospitals, Gomez said.
University Medical Center in El Paso said in a statement that two male gunshot victims were being treated there. They were in critical condition – the condition of the third victim was not immediately known.
"I can say after and during this incident, it was chaotic. People did flee. They were scared," he said.
Authorities had set up a reunification center at a nearby high school.
Police earlier said the shooting was reported at the shopping mall’s food court.
Racist attack happened a few years ago nearby
Wednesday’s shooting at the Cielo Vista Mall happened in a busy shopping area and across a large parking lot from a Walmart where 23 people were killed in a racist attack in 2019.
The United States has seen dozens of people killed in mass shootings so far in 2023, most recently Monday at Michigan State University, where three students were killed and five more were wounded. In January, 11 people were killed in the Los Angeles-area city of Monterey Park as they welcomed the Lunar New Year at a dance hall popular with older Asian Americans.
In 2022, more than 600 mass shootings occurred in the U.S. in which at least four people were killed or wounded, according to the Gun Violence Archive.