Officials said two teens died after being shot in a Sacramento mall while shopping on Black Friday.
A 19-year-old man was found dead in Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento, and a 17-year-old was taken to hospital where he later died, according to a statement from city police.
The victims have not been publicly identified.
The shooting took place around 6 pm. Friday, to force Black Friday shoppers and retail staff to evacuate during one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year.
“We can confirm at this point that this looks like a lonely incident and not the result of active gunfire,” Sacramento Police spokesman Carl Chan said late Friday at a news conference.
Sacramento Mayor Daryl Steinberg expressed on Twitter his concern about the city’s increase in gun violence.
The Associated Press reports that gun attacks and murders have escalated in the capital, California, with around 40 murders reported this year.
“We are deeply concerned about the increase in gun violence in Sacramento and other cities during the pandemic, and we have supported increasing our efforts to reach young people at risk,” Steinberg wrote in a tweet Friday night. “A gun is never the answer.”
The police have not identified the suspect yet, and they believe it was an isolated incident.