THOUSAND OAKS, California. Customers at a Southern California mall, walked in the stores, and outputs the Saturday after authorities say a gunman shot and killed one person and then turned the gun on himself.
The shooter was wounded and taken to hospital, according to Ventura County fire Capt. Steve Scams. He said that there was no risk to the public. The shoppers had been locked down at The Oaks mall in the city of Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles (64 km) west of Los Angeles.
Jeffrey Simpson, 17, was shopping with his mother in a department store when an announcement came over the intercom about a threat outside the shopping centre.
“I went to Nordstrom to get pants, and the next thing I know, the doors are closed,” Simpson said.
He said that he and his mother were “a bit shaken”, but OK. They were in the store for more than an hour, but the shoppers were free to move and staff were in helping people stay comfortable and quiet, Simpson said.
Firefighters opened a nearby fire station as a safety zone for shoppers.
A message for the Ventura County sheriff’s department was not immediately returned.