Shooting at West Edmonton Mall in Canada leaves three injured
A shooting incident at a mall in Edmonton, Canada, has left three people with serious injuries, according to local police.
The incident occurred on Monday afternoon at the West Edmonton Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in North America.
Police update: Shooter still at large
In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Edmonton Police said they were still searching for the shooter and urged the public to avoid the area.
“We are working with mall security and staff to ensure everyone’s safety. Please follow the directions of police and mall personnel,” they wrote.
Witnesses describe chaos and panic
Some witnesses who were inside the mall when the shooting happened described hearing multiple gunshots and seeing people running for cover.
“I heard about four or five shots and then people started screaming and running. It was terrifying,” said one witness, who did not want to be named.
Another witness, who identified himself as Kevin, said he was in a store when he heard the shots and saw people rushing out.
“I saw a lot of blood on the floor and people crying. I just grabbed my stuff and ran out as fast as I could,” he said.
He added that he saw police officers and paramedics arriving at the scene shortly after.
Mall statement: We are deeply saddened by this incident
The West Edmonton Mall issued a statement on its website, expressing its condolences to the victims and their families.
“We are deeply saddened by this incident and our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. We are cooperating fully with the police investigation and will provide any assistance we can,” the statement read.
The mall also said it would remain closed for the rest of the day and reopen on Tuesday morning.
The mall has more than 800 stores and attracts about 30.8 million visitors a year, according to its website.
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