One dead, 2 injured in shooting at a central Florida mall

  • AP, Melbourne, Florida
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2015 00:44 IST

A shooting on Saturday morning at a mall in central Florida left one person dead and two others injured, police said.

Melbourne Police tweeted that the "shooter is contained" and that officers were clearing the Melbourne Square Mall store by store.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the suspect was dead or one of the injured people taken to a hospital, Cmdr. Vince Pryce said.

The shooting occurred before the mall opened at 10:00am. Mall officials posted a statement to Facebook saying the mall was closed until further notice as police investigate.

Local television news broadcasts showed yellow police tape stretched across a mall entrance and the parking lot.

Donna Evans of Melbourne said she was in the food court when she heard gunfire about 20 feet to 25 feet (6 to 7.5 meters) away.

"We had just gotten our food to sit down by Starbucks and Chik-fil-A, and you just hear the 'pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,' and you just drop everything and your body just makes you run," Evans told Florida Today.

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