16-year-old girl shot at Connecticut mall, cops search for suspect

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A 16-year-old girl was shot in the chest at a Connecticut mall Wednesday night, causing the building to be placed on lockdown.

Danbury police said officers responded to a report of shots fired near the Macy’s store at the Danbury Fair Mall shortly after 7 p.m.

Authorities said the girl was conscious and alert when officers arrived. She was transported to Danbury Hospital, where her condition is unknown. Her identity has not been revealed.

Police said it was unclear how many suspects were involved or whether they were still in the mall.

Tyreef Mahboob told Fox61 that he had just entered the mall when he heard “a loud popping noise.

“So my head, right away I just jumped up and was like, ‘What the heck was that?’ Somebody either dropped something, or that was a gunshot,” he said.

“I hesitated for a while, and then I just see people frantically running towards me,” Mahboob added. “So I started to back up and saw like a 16-year-old girl running past me, crying, saying her friend just got shot. Then I saw more and more people running and seeing that it’s the pandemic, people have masks on, so I didn’t know who was the shooter, so I turned around and ran out of there as well.”

Police said they believe the shooting was an isolated incident, but added that an investigation is ongoing, assisted by the Connecticut State Police and other local departments.

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