1 Killed, 2 Wounded in Shooting at Texas Shopping Mall
IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Gunfire erupted in a suburban shopping mall Monday after two groups of young men got into an argument on an escalator, police said. A bystander was killed and two teen-agers were wounded.
Killed was Kevin Reuss Bacon, a 37-year-old Irving resident, who was shot in the head, authorities said. Bacon was an innocent bystander who was caught in the crossfire, said police spokeswoman Sydney Gomez.
Two men, ages 18 and 19, were wounded. They were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in nearby Dallas, where the 18-year-old was listed in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, and the 19-year-old was in fair condition with a leg wound.
No one was arrested, and police interviewed nearly two dozen witnesses late Monday who were among the 100 to 200 people in the mall’s food court, where the shooting took place. Only one person was believed to have opened fire, police said.
According to a statement police handed out to the mall’s store managers, the gunfire broke out after a group of young blacks and Hispanics got into an argument on an escalator near the food court.
″The black males made it down the escalator and sat down to eat. The Hispanic males returned and one of them pulled a pistol and fired several shots,″ the statement said.
The man killed was ″an innocent bystander, who obviously was just caught in the gunfire,″ Gomez said.
She identified the wounded men as Richard Damon Clark, 18, and Christopher Deon Bagley, 19, both of Irving.
Irving, where the mall is located, is a suburban city perhaps best known as the site of the stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play football.
At the mall’s Video Concepts store, employee Scott Lewis said he had just returned from the food court when he heard three shots. ″It was like bang, bang, bang,″ he said.
As one throng of people ran toward the sound of the gunfire, Lewis said, another group fled the food court.
Chris Holloway was at work as manager of the mall’s Taco Bell restaurant when the shooting started.
″Everybody was running past the store and I started to put my crew in the back,″ he told the USA Radio Network.
The shooter, who used some type of automatic handgun, escaped from the mall, police said.
″At this time, there’s always a possibility that there could be more than one (shooter),″ Gomez said. ″It appears that there’s one.″