Mall shooting suspect arrested

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  1. pegwinn

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    I think that America is becomeing a more randomly violent culture. Add that the police are less likely to answer violently. Add that the courts are no longer certain to convict the obviously guilty. Had this been Texas, I am still not sure that it would have gone down differently.

    Mall shooting suspect arrested
    Hostages taken after shooting left at least 6 hurt in Tacoma
    Sunday, November 20, 2005; Posted: 7:22 p.m. EST (00:22 GMT)

    (CNN) -- Three hostages were released unharmed Sunday when a SWAT team took a man into custody at a mall in Tacoma, Washington, where six people had been wounded, one of them critically, police said.

    Asked about how the man was taken into custody, Tacoma Police Department spokesman Mark Fulghum said, "There were no shots fired."

    The mall was closed for three hours after the shootings, which happened about 12:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. ET).

    The spokesman said the shooter, whom he identified as a white man in his 20s, had an assault rifle.

    "He was just in the mall and he opened fire," Fulghum said. "He was in the mall, walking along, firing."

    Todd Kelley, a spokesman for Tacoma General Hospital, said one patient was received in critical condition.

    Two others with non-life-threatening injuries were sent to an affiliated facility, Allenmore Hospital, Kelley said.

    A woman who answered the phone at one store shortly after the incident said her manager told her police had ordered a lockdown at the shopping center.

    "We've got police on every corner here," said Joanne Woods, an employee at Krispy Kreme, across the street from the mall.

    "It's sad that people have gotten hurt, but it's a nice neighborhood," she said.

    Tacoma Mall is about four miles south of downtown Tacoma. Among its 140 merchants are Nordstrom, Macy's, JCPenney, Sears and Mervyn's.


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