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Vancouver Mall working with police to identify suspect in Friday’s gun incident

Parent pulled a gun on another parent who was attempting to break up a fight

By William Seekamp, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 25, 2024, 2:29pm

Vancouver police are investigating a Friday altercation involving a gun at Vancouver Mall that left mall customers scared but uninjured.

About 8 p.m., a man pointed a gun and threatened another parent who was attempting to break up a physical fight between several teenagers in the mall food court, according to a Vancouver Police Department statement.

Accounts posted to social media described customers running from the food court and hiding in stores and restrooms.

“While we do not discuss our specific security measures because doing so would compromise our public safety efforts, it is important to note that security responded rapidly to the incident,” Tracy Peters, senior general manager for the Vancouver Mall, said in a statement.

Police did not locate the suspect.

He reportedly left the food court with his children but is believed to have stayed in the mall — though he left before police arrived, according to the police statement.

Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said the investigation remains active, and police are attempting to identify the suspect.

Firearms and other objects that can be used as weapons are prohibited in Vancouver Mall, according to the mall’s code of conduct on the website.

“This was an isolated incident, and no one was injured during the altercation,” Peters added. “Because we take the safety and security of our shoppers, tenants and employees very seriously, the center’s management and security teams are working closely with local law enforcement authorities to aid in their investigation.”

Columbian staff writer