Sacramento police work at the area where one person was killed and another critically wounded in a shooting at Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Nov 27, 2020. The mall was evacuated in the midst of Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days. Police later said the suspect had fled and there was no active threat to the mall. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP)

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UPDATED 12:59 PM PT – Saturday, November 28, 2020

California authorities are investigating a fatal shooting that took place at a Sacramento Mall during Black Friday.

On Friday, police responded to the attack at Arden Fair Mall. Officers said they believe this to be a single targeted incident and not the result of an active shooter.

Nevertheless, bystanders said the incident was terrifying.

“I actually didn’t know what was going on,” Black Friday shopper Esther Diaz said. “There was a bunch of people running from behind me so once I saw everybody running that was the need for me to run. People [were] running with their children so that’s what really stressed me out.”

Sacramento Police Spokesman Karl Chan assured residents that officers are prepared for targeted instances.

“This is a place that we train regularly with outside agencies and our specialty units,” Officer Chan stated. “We are very aware of the ins and outs of this mall and we do have those plans in place for if there was ever an active shooter.”

Police are now looking for a suspect between the ages of 18 and 25. Due to surveillance footage caught at the scene, officers know the shooter was wearing a dark-colored hoodie and possibly driving a red Toyota Camry.

A community activist expressed his condolences for the victims and their families. He called the attack “cowardly” as violence continues to rise in many cities.

“This was people that know each other, and um for whatever reason it had to end up being violent,” activist Berry Accius stated. “And it had to be tragic.”

No further details on the crime have been released. Officers are asking anyone with information to contact the Sacramento Police as the investigation continues.

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