At least two people suffered gunshot wounds in what police are calling a targeted shooting at the Shops at Tanforan in San Bruno on Tuesday afternoon.
Police have not arrested or publicly recognized any suspects.
At a news conference, San Bruno police Chief Ed Barberini stated officers were sent to the mall at 1150 El Camino Real just before 4 p.m. for a report of shots fired. They came to find two people suffering from gunshot wounds to their lower limbs.
The sufferers were in stable condition when they were taken to San Francisco General Hospital, Barberini stated.
Two other people were injured in connection with the shooting, though it was not instantly clear how. They were treated at the scene and released, said San Bruno fire Chief David Cresta.
Barberini stated the shooting was not random.
“We believe at this point that we may have two separate shooters and they may have been shooting at each other or at someone else,” he replied, adding that the weapons included seemed to be handguns. “There was some type of plan or some type of reason for this crime.”
Following the shooting, BART closed its San Bruno station and the 12th Street City Center station in Oakland. Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson told KGO-TV, this news organization’s media partner, BART police recovered a weapon possibly linked to the shooting.
Additional details about the suspects and the victims were not directly available.
The shooting rushed into the mall in chaos.
“People were just freely shopping and then all of a sudden I see this mob of people just start running from the left side of our mall and screaming, ‘Shooting! Shooting! Shooting!’” stated Anjelica Castro, who works at women’s clothing store De Masque in an interview with KGO-TV.
“You have to process it for a second,” she continued. “Is it really a shooting?”
Anjelica and her fellow employees pulled the frantic mall-goers into the store, locked the doors and turned out the lights. A SWAT team later accompanied them outside, she said.
Colin Jackson told this news organization he was in the food court when he heard a loud bang, followed by five more bangs.
“By that point,” he replied, “everybody was running.”
Authorities stated the shopping center is closed and will reopen at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.