November 20, 2005

Mall gunman wounds six

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire on Sunday at a
shopping mall in Tacoma, Washington, wounding at least six
people and taking three people hostage before being captured by
police, according to media reports.

The unidentified gunman began randomly shooting an assault
rifle inside the Tacoma Mall at about 12:15 p.m. PST. The
suspect then took refuge inside a Sam Goody music store, where
he held three hostages, according to reports.

The suspect was taken into custody several hours later
without any shots fired and the hostages released unharmed,
according to reports.

The mall is located four miles southwest of downtown Tacoma
and houses more than 140 stores.