BOISE, Idaho (KIVI) — Two people are dead and five people, including a Boise police officer, were hurt during a shots fired event at Boise Towne Square, according to the Boise Police Department.
Police say they are making notifications to family of those involved. The officer hurt in the shooting has been treated and released, according to BPD.
Police Chief Ryan Lee says they believe only one person is responsible for the shooting; that person is in custody. The person's name has not yet been released.
Lee says police responded to the mall at around 1:50 p.m. on Monday. Shortly after police arrived on the scene, they found a person who matched the description and there was a gunfire exchange shortly after, according to Lee.
Here is the full text of a news release from the City of Boise:
The investigation into a shooting that occurred inside and outside the Boise Towne Square Mall this afternoon remains under investigation by the Boise Police Department with assistance from state, local, and federal partners. An exchange of gunfire between the suspect and officer will be investigated separately by the Critical Incident Task Force led by the Meridian Police Department.
Two people have been confirmed deceased as a result of their injuries. Five additional people were transported with injuries, including the suspect and a responding officer. The suspect is in critical condition. The officer has been treated and released. No additional information will be released by the Boise Police Department about the other victims treated at the hospital.
What Happened: Around 1:50 this afternoon, Boise Police officers responded to a shots fired call at the mall on N. Milwaukee, with early reports that at least one person was shot. Minutes later, officers confronted an individual matching the description of the suspect outside of the mall. Gunfire was exchanged resulting in injury to both the suspect and an officer.
Officers continued to respond to the scene and located multiple victims. Working in coordination with mall security protocols, officers worked to evacuate and clear the mall. The mall will remain closed as the investigation continues. At this time, we believe there was only a single shooter involved and there is no ongoing threat to the community at large.
“This was a traumatic experience for our community as a whole and our hearts go out to all the victims, witnesses, first responders, and those who have been impacted by today’s events,” said Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee. “We recognize the community has many questions and concerns. The Boise Police Department will work to make sure we get information out to the community as quickly as possible in conjunction with our investigators and prosecutors.”
With the closure of the Boise Towne Square Mall, any individuals who need to retrieve items left in the mall will be able to do so tomorrow. Further information about this will be shared on BPD’s Twitter and Facebook. The scene is secure at this time and no one will be allowed in tonight.
We will update you if we get more information.