A robbery and shooting at a Northeast Side mall leaves one man dead and three others wounded, including one of the suspects.
Two men held up Kay’s Jewelers at Rolling Oaks Mall around 3:30 Sunday afternoon and as they were making their getaway, two citizens tried to stop them.
“One of the men was shot and killed. The other good Samaritan had a concealed carry license and he critically wounded the suspect, ” said Police Chief William McManus.
“The second suspect ran through the mall, shooting two people in the process,” he added.
That second suspect was arrested several hours later.
A couple of other people were treated for injuries other than gunshots.
Police first thought it was an active shooter situation, so in addition to SAPD, the chief said the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, Bexar County Sherrif’s deputies and the FBI responded.
Chief McManus was on the phone with an FBI special agent on the way to the mall.
“He was offering any resources that we may need from the FBI, believing that it could be an active shooter situation,” said McManus.
Juan Carreon was waiting for his wife outside New York and Company when shots rang out.
“I heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” said Carreon.
He immediately sprang into action and ran inside the store to help his wife and the other women.
“I started pushing them all toward the back into a secure area and we called 9-1-1, but police already were on the way,” he said.
Carreon just came back to San Antonio two weeks ago after working for KCBS TV in Los Angeles for several years.
“This is not what I was expecting as a homecoming,” he told KTSA News.
He shot video with his cell phone inside the mall as officers walked back and forth in search of the second suspect.
Alyssa Bailey and Alyssa Ortega were working at Francesa’s Boutique when they heard the shots. They ran to the restroom with three customers and locked the door.
They thought it might be a mass shooting, so they turned off the lights and tried to stay quiet.
” I prayed to God they wouldn’t come in there and start shooting,” said Ortega.
One of the customers was yelling that she had to find her son who was elsewhere in the mall.
“I can understand that as a mother, she desperately wanted to find her son. She was frantic and I was doing everything I could to keep her calm and quiet,” said Ortega. I was holding her close and I kept telling her to please be quiet.”
Bailey’s mother is a former SWAT negotiator for the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, so when an officer came around, she was reluctant to let him in until she was absolutely sure the person on the other side of the door was indeed an officer.
“I didn’t want to open the door unless I heard a police radio. Even if he said he was a police officer, I wouldn’t have let anybody open the door unless I heard the police radio,” said Bailey, who’s 21-years-old.
“I was thinking about getting my CHL (Concealed Handgun License), and now I’m definitely going to get my CHL,” she said.
Mayor Ivy Taylor made the scene and commended officers on their response.
“The response here was excellent. We had excellent coordination between all the law enforcement officials,” she said.