2 wounded in Ohio mall, police blame gangs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio shopping mall was open as usual Saturday, a day after gunfire police blamed on a gang clash wounded two people and sent shoppers scrambling.

Most stores at the Eastland Mall had closed early Friday evening. Columbus police said Saturday that two teens arrested Friday were each charged with felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon.

Police said a 63-year-old man and 17-year-old male suffered gunshot wounds to their legs Friday just before 4:30 p.m. They were treated at a hospital and police say their wounds weren’t considered life-threatening.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that police say the shooting started in gang encounter over memorial T-shirts being made at a mall kiosk for fallen gang members.

“The rival gangs went to the same location to get some shirts made,” said police Sgt. Ralph Guglielmi.

Store employees around the mall quickly lowered security gates as shoppers took cover.

Police were reviewing security camera videos and didn’t immediately release other details.

Bobby Baten, who was working at a nearby kiosk, said he heard three shots, then “a lot of people running and shouting.”

Eastland Mall was built in 1968 and was Columbus’ first enclosed mall.


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