February 13, 2007
Devastated and shocked, that's how owners of a Utah mall are describing the random violence that turned Trolley Square into a shooting gallery.
Police say an 18-year-old gunman brandishing a shotgun and wearing a
trench coat opened fire on customers last evening.
"He was putting the gun to his shoulder and taking time to aim" said witness Barrett Dodds.
Police were on the scene within minutes after frantic 911 calls
alerted them to the attack. Panicked shoppers ran for their lives, hiding wherever they could as the shooter calmly walked past stores,
selecting his victims and opening fire.
"I was just frightened for my child that was with me and for the rest of my family that wasn't with me" said witness Brad Merrill.
One man saw the shooter point his gun at him and lived to tell about
"There's the part where you can look down and see to the lower level and I looked down and could see the silhouette of the guy, he looked up and he shot at me twice and one of them just grazed my head" said the witness Cederic.
The shooter died in a hail of police bullets but not before taking the
lives of five people and injuring at least four others, two critically.
Along with the shotgun, the suspect also carried a handgun and
additional ammunition. The attack is one of the worst in the history of
Salt Lake City. Now investigators are left with trying to figure out the
motivation behind it.