A man with a shotgun fired randomly in a historic shopping mall, killing five people and injuring several more before he was killed on Tuesday night, police said.
Hours later, police still were searching stores for shocked shoppers and employees who were hiding and awaiting a safe escort from the Trolley Square mall.
"We have six fatalities and multiple victims at hospitals," police detective Robin Snyder said. "They were found throughout the mall. I don't know male or female or ages."
At least four people were hospitalised, three in critical condition and one in serious condition, hospital spokesmen said.
Authorities offered few details about the shootings but said the gunman entered the mall about 6:45 pm.
The two-story mall, southeast of downtown, is a refurbished trolley barn built in 1908, with a series of winding hallways, brick floors, wrought-iron balconies and about 80 stores, including high-end retailers such as Williams-Sonoma and restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe.
Matt Lund, whose wife manages a clothing store, said he saw a woman's body face-down at the entrance to Pottery Barn Kids. He locked himself and four others inside a storage room for about 40 minutes, isolated but still able to hear the violence.
"We heard them say, 'Police! Drop your weapon!' Then we heard shotgun fire. Then there was a barrage of gunfire," Lund, 44, said.