A 17-year-old male opened fire Saturday at the Pittsburgh area mall, injuring his target and two unexpected bystanders caught in the crossfire.
The shooting occurred at the Monroeville Mall at the Macy’s department store at 7:30 p.m. The mall would go under immediate lockdown Saturday after the shooting, and although the young man who shot the pedestrians was able to get away, thanks to surveillance cameras, officials have been able to identify the 17 year old as Tarod Thornhill.
Police arrested Thornhill at a home in Brackenridge late Saturday night. He has been charged with three crimes including, aggravated assault, attempted homicide, and recklessly endangering other people; he is being held at the Allegheny County Jail.
Police Chief Douglas Cole stated that the two men who were injured are currently in critical condition, while the woman is stable. He went on to say, “This was not random.”
Ex-NFL quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who lives in Pennslyvania, tweeted that he was at the mall at the time of the shooting and said, “Damn was just in monroeville mall and just saw 2 ppl get shot. They are letting guns go in there.”
“We saw a lot of running, a lot of chaos,” says Yvette Jackson of North Braddock, who gave a statement to the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review. She said that shoppers were locked in stores for about 45 minutes.
Carrying weapons or displaying weapons is strictly prohibited at the Monroeville mall, unless you are certified and approved to do so.
Photo By: Allegheny County Police Department
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