(MONROEVILLE, Pa.) — Three people were shot at the Monroeville Mall outside Pittsburgh, Pa. Saturday evening, and the suspect was still on the loose late Saturday evening, police said.
According to the Monroeville Police Department, the shooter targeted one male individual, who is in critical condition. Police Chief Doug Cole said “its safe to say” that the other two victims were bystanders.
The male bystander is in critical condition, the other – a female – has non-life threatening injuries. They don’t seem to have any association with the targeted victim, police said in a press conference late Saturday evening.
The incident occurred around 7:33 p.m. ET. Alleghany County Police Lieutenant Andy Schurman said at least two shots were fired.
“We don’t know what the motive is,” Schurman said. “That’s something we’re looking for.”
According to a Monroeville Police Department press release, the suspect is a black male, approximately 5-foot-7, in his late teens. He was wearing dark pants and a dark shirt with writing on it. Police said that they will not release any other information on the suspect in their press conference.
Witness Josh Vehar told ABC News that he saw a group of kids standing around and saw a young male holding a black gun from that first group fire six or seven shots at another group of young people.
He said he was 20 to 30 feet away from the shooting at the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Play area in the mall with his 5-year-old daughter, and other children were playing at the time shots were fired.
“I watched this kid pull his gun out and when he pulled the gun out, he just started firing,” Vehar said. “He shot like 6, 7 times and then it just turned into pandemonium after that.”
All three victims were taken to the Trauma Center of Forbes Regional Hospital. Following “a matter of course,” the ER was locked down briefly after the victims arrived, Cole said.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.
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