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1 wounded in Omaha mall shooting that sends shoppers running

  • CHRIS MACHIAN/OMAHA WORLD-HERALD VIA AP
                                People hug in the parking lot after a shooting at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb. Shots rang out Saturday in the mall, leaving one person critically wounded and sending shoppers running for the exit.

    CHRIS MACHIAN/OMAHA WORLD-HERALD VIA AP

    People hug in the parking lot after a shooting at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb. Shots rang out Saturday in the mall, leaving one person critically wounded and sending shoppers running for the exit.

  • CHRIS MACHIAN/OMAHA WORLD-HERALD VIA AP
                                Law enforcement directs traffic away after a shooting at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb. Shots rang out Saturday in the mall, leaving one person critically wounded and sending shoppers running for the exit.

    CHRIS MACHIAN/OMAHA WORLD-HERALD VIA AP

    Law enforcement directs traffic away after a shooting at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb. Shots rang out Saturday in the mall, leaving one person critically wounded and sending shoppers running for the exit.

OMAHA, NEB. >> Shots rang out today in an Omaha mall, leaving a 21-year-old man critically wounded and sending shoppers running for cover.

Omaha police Officer Joe Nickerson said the suspects were believed to have fled the scene, though officers were searching Westroads Mall as a precaution.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that one of its reporters heard screams around noon and saw a crowd of people running away from the main section of the mall. People in the food court then abandoned their meals and joined the throng headed toward the exit.

“It was shocking,” said Alyha Wills, who was in Forever 21 with her sister when other shoppers asked if she’d heard the shooting.

She then fled, saying, “I could hear it; it was close.”

This is the second reported shooting at Westroads Mall in a little more than a month. Omaha Police Officer Jeffrey Wittstruck was shot at four times by a 21-year-old man who was accused of shoplifting T-shirts from J.C. Penney on March 12. Wittstruck survived.

The J.C. Penney is about 200 feet from Von Maur , where a gunman killed eight people and himself in 2007.

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