1 Dead In Florida Mall Shooting, Suspect Is "Contained"
On Saturday morning, a shooting broke out at a Melbourne, Florida mall, causing authorities to evacuate the shopping center. According to the Melbourne Police Department, which confirmed the shooting in a tweet, the gunfire began at around 10:30 a.m. at the Melbourne Square Mall, located about an hour southeast of Orlando. Authorities have confirmed that one person has died in the shooting, while two others were wounded.
The Melbourne Police Department tweeted that the mall shooter has been "contained." Officers quickly began "clearing the mall store by store," the police department tweeted. Mall employees were asked to exit through the back doors of their stores, authorities said. At this time, information about the victims is confirmed.
Shopper Elizabeth Tickle, who was eating breakfast in the food court with her friend, told Florida Today that she suddenly heard a loud popping noise about 20 or 25 feet away:
It was a frightening experience, something that you don't ever want anybody to experience. It was crazy. 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.
According to Florida Today, Melbourne Square was immediately placed on lockdown when the gunfire began. The mall will likely remain closed Saturday. ABC News affiliate WFTV News reports that a bomb squad is currently on the scene.