Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wow, a shooting in Woodbridge Center!

I just read about the shooting in Sears tonight - did you hear about it?  It's all over the news!  This is the story I read on NJ.Com:

An alleged shoplifter armed with a knife was shot and killed inside  the Woodbridge Center shopping mall after holding a person hostage, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.
The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. in the Sears wing of the mall, said the sources, who were not authorized to publicly speak about the incident.
The sources said a shoplifter was confronted by mall security in the clothing store, prompting the shoplifter to pull out a knife and hold a person hostage with the knife held at the person's throat.

A Woodbridge police officer arrived at the scene and shot the suspect dead, the sources said. It was unclear how many shots were fired. The hostage was not injured, according to the sources.
It was not immediately known if the police officer was on duty or off-duty.
Investigators from the Woodbridge Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office are at the scene investigating the shooting, News 12 New Jersey is reporting. A teenager told News 12 that he heard several shots fired.
Tyler Bruno, a witness interviewed by News 12, said he saw a scene of "total chaos," with people running outside the mall and into the Sears parking lot, warning shoppers not to go inside.
James O'Neill, a spokesman for the county prosecutor's office, said the state Attorney General's office has been notified about the shooting, which is routine policy for shootings involving police.
This was the fourth police-involved shooting in Middlesex County during the past several months.
More details about tonight's shooting will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.
Star-Ledger staff writers Tom Haydon and James Queally contributed to this report.

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