Authorities from Bexar County have lifted the shelter-in-place order at Ingram Park Mall and are getting ready to leave after learning that the suspect they spent at least two hours looking for wasn’t there.
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Authorities claim that CCTV footage reveals the wanted suspect evading capture before the mall could be completely secured.
Deputies claim to have discovered security footage on Friday afternoon that shows the suspect escape before it could be entirely secured, as reported by KENS 5. He fled inside the mall around 5 p.m. in an effort to elude law enforcement officers responding to reports of shooting on the west side. He has not yet been identified.
BSCO posted additional details about the individual on social media, identifying him as Hispanic and between 5’7″ and 5’9″ in height with a medium build. He was donning black shoes and a black and blue shirt.
Due to the chase, the Ingram Park Mall, which is situated and typically open until 9 p.m. on Fridays, has been closed. The BCSO is requesting that people refrain from attempting to enter the area because the nearby parking lot is also locked up. 6301 N.W. Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78238 is where you can find the mall.
After a suspect in a car pursuit fled inside the building, Ingram Park Mall was forced to close
According to a previous statement from Sheriff Javier Salazar, nobody was wounded at either scene.
Surveillance video of the suspect who ran into Ingram Park Mall this evening while evading authorities, provided by BCSO.— KENS 5 (@KENS5) August 20, 2022
The search continues at the mall, and a shelter-in-place remains in effect for now. MORE: https://t.co/02vM9dLuuc pic.twitter.com/ePrXTuvFKQ
About 10 miles distant, near Potranco and Grosenbacher, a local mother worried for the safety of her family called the police to report hearing gunfire outside her home. According to Salazar, the suspect vehicle fled the scene when officials arrived, which started the chase.
Once they were outside Ingram Park Mall, the two fled the car and started looking for them on foot. In the abandoned car, according to Salazar, they discovered a gun that was later determined to be stolen; meanwhile, the second occupant, a “16 or 17-year-old male,” was quickly apprehended.
Salazar stated that it was conceivable the suspect left the home before they were discovered at 7 o’clock.
The sheriff also mentioned that K-9 teams and SWAT teams were present at the scene in addition to more than 40 deputies.
There is currently no information on how the search will proceed.
Ingram Park Mall’s businesses were cleared to resume business as normal
At 8:58 p.m., the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that Ingram Park Mall companies may continue operations as usual. It added that investigators had found the suspect had left the mall shortly after arriving.
7:39 p.m., which was mentioned in the tweet but whose context was not immediately obvious, might be the time when the mall was emptied and normal business was permitted to resume. Friday hours at Ingram Park Mall close at nine o’clock.
According to a second tweet, SWAT fully cleared the mall and escorted mall employees and visitors.
No active shooter ingram mall
Sheriff Javier Salazar informed reporters that a handgun was found inside a stolen car that two suspects had driven off in front of Ingram Park Mall after leading local police on a high-speed chase around the neighbourhood. While the two were attempting to flee into the mall, one of the suspects was caught; however, police are still looking for the other suspect within Ingram Park Mall. If the suspect is armed is unknown.
One of our deputies spotted what he believed to be the car. As he approached, the car fledSalazar
Starting to run the plate was [the deputy]. Although we were able to establish that the car was stolen, we were unable to confirm whether somebody had actually been shot there in the subdivision at that time.
Gunshots were reported in a neighbourhood close to the intersection of Grosenbacher Road and Potranco Road during the initial 911 call. Salazar claims that because shot casings were discovered close by, it is assumed that the suspects may have been firing into the air or at a deserted work site.
People may still be inside the mall, and BCSO is recommending them to shelter in place while the search is ongoing. According to Salazar, there is a SWAT team and medical personnel on location to help out if needed.
Salazar stated, “Anyone who has family members in the mall – at this point, we believe they are secure.” He added that the individuals sheltering in place in the mall were safest where they were at the moment.
BCSO shared the photo of suspect
The sheriff claims that the amount of service doors and the passageways behind stores that need to be checked and cleared, which is a “slow moving, painstaking procedure,” are the problem deputies are having, not the size of the mall. If the culprit was still inside the mall, it remained unknown.
Media Staging Location: 6201 Northwest Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78238— Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (@BexarCoSheriff) August 19, 2022
Salazar stated that there were between 40 to 50 deputies present at the site and said, “It is possible that the suspect did make it inside one side of the mall and out the other, but it is also possible that he’s still hunkered down in there.”
Additionally, the BCSO posted a picture of the wanted person on Twitter. The person that was arrested is thought to be between the ages of 16 and 17.
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