CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Alberta RCMP say there is no longer a threat to the public after shots were fired at a mall.
It happened at 7:11 p.m. on Monday and Airdrie RCMP and Calgary police warned people to stay away from CrossIron Mills in Balzac.
While police said the incident has been resolved they say the suspect is still at large.
The incident at Cross Iron Mills has been resolved. Our thanks to those people who have sheltered in place. Please follow police instructions as you exit. We believe that this was a targetted incident. There is no ongoing danger to the public.
— RCMP Alberta (@RCMPAlberta) September 17, 2019
Security officials confirmed Tuesday morning that the mall will open as scheduled after originally stating it would be closed until further notice.
According to security @CrossIron_Mills, the mall will be open for business today, operating at regular hours. Employees are starting to show up to work this morning. The mall doors are all unlocked and members of the public have been able to enter. #yyc @660NEWS pic.twitter.com/ym756UZ4wY
— Saif Kaisar (@StaySaif) September 17, 2019
Saif Kaiser reports from CrossIron Mills
One person suffered serious injuries in the shooting. EMS confirms the man is now in stable condition.
A witness saw a victim in the Milestones restaurant with what appeared to be a gunshot wound in his back. He was rushed out by paramedics and taken to hospital.
EMS confirm a man was rushed to hospital in life threatening condition
— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) September 17, 2019
Store employees inside the mall reported on social media that they were hiding during the lockdown.
Emma was in Forever 21 when she heard a loud noise.
“I heard some screams out in the hallway and didn’t think anything of it.
“My husband was also inside the Forever 21 store and he had seen some police officers… running through the mall and yelling at people to clear the area. He came into the store and we were locked down in the change rooms.”
She was told by the store’s manager to stay near the back and they could hear announcements being made over the mall’s intercom but couldn’t make out what they were saying because they were in the back of the store.
Kendall was in the parking lot when he saw a crowd of people running out of the mall.
“I was in the parking lot and I heard gunfire and I saw all kinds of people running out of the mall, I was parked right by the movie theatres,” he described.
He estimates that there are 20 to 30 police vehicles at the scene with two helicopters in the sky.
“It’s a little traumatic to see all the people crying and screaming everywhere,” he said.
If you were in the mall at the time at the shooting and seeking help with anxiety the Calgary Distress Centre is offering support.
If you were at CrossIron Mills tonight it is valid if you're feeling anxious, scared or any other number of feelings. We are here to listen 24/7 if you need some support: 403-266-4357 #yyc https://t.co/ymYAHsUoOu
— Distress Centre YYC (@Distress_Centre) September 17, 2019