At least two people were killed and four were injured during a shooting at a mall in Boise, police officials said Monday. The suspect, who was apprehended at the scene, was hospitalized and is in critical condition, city officials said.
Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee said police responded to reports of shots fired at the Boise Towne Square Mall on Monday afternoon. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found someone matching the suspect’s description and exchanged gunfire, resulting in the officer’s injury and the suspect’s arrest. The officer was hospitalized but has since been released, city officials said.
Lee did not provide additional details about the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation. He did not say anything about a possible motive.
Police said they believe the suspect was the only shooter, and there is no danger to the public at this time. The mall has been secured, but the investigation remains ongoing.
“Never should one have to, or does one expect when they’re saying goodbye to a loved one who is headed to work, who is headed out to shop, that they’ll get a call like they did today,” Boise Mayor Lauren McLean said at the press conference. “Countless people found themselves in a situation they never would have — or should have — expected.”
McLean thanked the mall employees who helped shelter and take care of customers. “You showed in a tough and chaotic moment how much you care and what you’re willing to do to support and care for strangers,” she said.