Police said one person was shot at Tacoma Mall just after 7 p.m. Friday. There are no suspects in custody.
Tacoma Police Officer Gary Wurges said a fight in the Tacoma Mall food court escalated into gunfire.
Everyone inside the mall was locked down but has since been escorted out. The public is advised to stay. It’s unknown if Tacoma Mall will reopen Saturday.
TPD said, “All unaccompanied juveniles are being brought to the Tacoma Mall Transit Center, 2100 blk of S 48th St., to be picked up. The mall is closed.”
There are 62 Pierce County deputies responding to the scene, along with units from Tacoma, Lakewood, Ruston, Puyallup, and Sumner police departments, transit police and the Washington State Patrol.
The shooting happened on Black Friday, which usually draws extra shoppers into stores. It’s unclear how many people were inside the mall when the shooting occurred.
Video sent to KING 5 shows a heavy presence outside the Tacoma Mall. A photo from the scene shows an entrance to the mall covered in crime scene tape with an officer standing guard at the glass doors.
Several people tweeted about the shooting, including shoppers inside and people with family working at the mall.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates throughout the evening. KING 5 has crews on the way to the Tacoma Mall. Watch live reports on KONG 6/16 at 9 and 10 p.m. and KING 5 News at 11.
The day before Thanksgiving, two people were injured in a shooting outside Westfield Southcenter Mall around 6:30 p.m., according to the Tukwila Police Department.