Shooter Terrorizes Washington Mall

11-21-05 - Police in Tacoma, Washington, say a man has been arrested several hours after apparently walking inside a busy shopping mall where he took three hostages.

A police spokesman says no shots were fired when the man was taken into custody shortly before 4 p-m Pacific time by SWAT team members. The hostages were released safely. Police say a child had been released earlier.

The incident began when a gunman opened fire inside the Tacoma Mall.

Witnesses described hearing a noise and then seeing a man walking backward through the mall, shooting.

At least six people were injured, one critically, as shoppers and store clerks scrambled for cover.

The suspect is described as a young man. Police have no other details about him or his possible motives.

Police are interviewing the victims and hostages.


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