3 Injured in Indianapolis Mall Shooting

Police say it wasn't a random attack
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2015 1:12 AM CDT
3 Injured in Indianapolis Mall Shooting
Officers enter a Target store at the Washington Square Mall on Wednesday in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

A gunman shot three people and terrified hundreds more when he opened fire at a mall in Indianapolis Wednesday night. Police believe the incident was the result of a dispute between the gunman and one of the victims, not a random mass shooting, reports the Indianapolis Star. Police say the suspect entered the Washington Square Mall and opened fire on a man he apparently knew near a Target store. Two women, apparently bystanders, were also shot and all three victims were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. "This could have been a mall, a park, the gas station," a police spokesman says, per the AP. "This could have been anywhere that these two individuals ran into each other."

The gunman has not been apprehended and police have not released a description of him or a possible second suspect. Witnesses tell WTHR that there was chaos in the mall after 10 or 11 shots rang out. A man who ran to safety with his 3-year-old son says he saw two of the victims fall to the ground. "You could tell they were shot. So didn't nobody have time to go back and see if they're okay, because when you hear a gunshot, your first instinct is to run," he says. A woman who had entered Target minutes before the shooting tells the Star that after the shots, "someone started screaming, 'Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.' Then it was just deafeningly quiet." (More Indianapolis stories.)

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