Greenwood Mall owners, shoppers react to weekend shooting

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A mall shooting in Greenwood, over the weekend, has some shoppers on high alert. 

Police are still working to identify the suspects and determine their motive, but believe the shooting was not random. As 7News first reported, even in the early stages of the investigation police officers felt strongly that the suspects were after one individual.

Shots fired on Saturday night, had Greenwood Mall shoppers running for their lives. The chaotic moments, following the gunfire, seen in a video obtained by 7News and still no one is behind bars for the shooting. 

“It’s kind of scary, because to think that I live here and go to school at Lander, that something like this would happen close to where I live.” Veronica Guevara, told 7News. 

Public Information Officer Jonathan Link tells 7News the suspects were targeting a specific individual at the mall. One of the suspects pulled out a weapon and fired multiple rounds, that’s when the suspects took off in a car. 

Fortunately no one was injured in the gunfire. 

“There were children and families present and that’s the most aggravating thing for us,” said Link. “We want to keep our general population safe and let them enjoy Greenwood.” 

Now investigators have to piece together the evidence and witness statements. Link says surveillance video is proving to be a valuable tool in their investigation. 

“They’ve been able to combine that with the other information that they are getting and they are using it to identify our suspects and hopefully they’ll eventually have a break in the case,” Link told 7News.

In a statement to 7News the mall property managers, Hull Property Group said the following: 

We believe this is a random incident. The individuals involved were engaged in an isolated dispute which we believe occurred prior to entering the Mall. The safety and security of our patrons is of the utmost importance to us. We have security at the property and they were onsite at the time of the incident. However, we will continue to work with the city to ensure law and order is maintained at all times not only at our property but throughout the Highway 72 Bypass corridor as this is an important retail destination for the community.

“I just think it’s ridiculous how society has come to this…with people shooting. I mean you can’t go anywhere and feel safe anymore” a shopper said. 

Greenwood Police Officers are making an effort to be more visible at the mall over the next few days. 

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