12-year-old injured in shooting at Citadel Mall Sunday; mall issues statement
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - An innocent bystander was hit by gunfire during a shootout at the Citadel Mall Sunday evening.
Officers say a 12-year-old girl walking by when a group of teens opened fire in the parking lot.
The shooting is believed to have stemmed from a fight at the mall food court just after 6 p.m. Police tell 11 News a group of teens were hanging out at the mall when one of the girls saw an ex-boyfriend and went to talk to him. The girl’s current boyfriend reportedly got mad and yanked her away by the hair, prompting the ex to jump in. The ex and current boyfriend exchanged words, the boyfriend allegedly let it be known he had a gun, and the ex left the food court. The group went outside a few minutes later -- where the ex was waiting with friends he had called to come to the mall.
Police say when the ex and his friends saw the boyfriend, they jumped out of a vehicle and started shooting. The boyfriend shot back, and as they traded fire, the young girl was hit. The boyfriend was shot twice and fled to his mother’s house across the street on Delaware Drive, where he called police.
Police say the boyfriend was transported to the hospital for a gunshot wound in the chest and a bullet graze on his arm. Officers discovered during the investigation that he had an unrelated warrant out for homicide and said he will be taken into custody once he’s discharged.
The 12-year-old is expected to survive.
As everyone involved is under 18, no one has been identified.
A group representing the mall sent 11 News the following statement:
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