RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. – One person is in custody this morning after a shooting inside the Galleria shopping mall in Richmond Heights left one person dead and another hurt.
St. Louis County Police are leading the investigation into the frightening incident. A county police spokesperson confirming that the person in a picture released by authorities yesterday is the same person now in custody. That police spokesperson is calling the 18-year-old man a suspect in the case. He was taken into custody last night without incident.
The terrifying double shooting unfolded around 12:30pm yesterday inside the Galleria. When police arrived, officers found an adult male on the first floor of the mall near the northwest entrance. He had been shot at least once and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A second person, also an adult male, was shot as well. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries- we understand he was shot in the arm.
Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from some sort of altercation between two groups of people near a second-floor escalator. Investigators say three to four people involved in the shooting ran out of the mall near Dillards.
Police have not released any names yet of those involved. But authorities tell us the two people who were shot appeared to be in their early 20s.
A post on the Galleria’s Facebook page says they are “disheartened by the senseless tragedy.”
Earlier this morning a Galleria security officer removed barricades that were blocking an entrance to the mall. But he could not tell us anything about reopening plans for the shopping center. It closed after the shooting and did not reopen.
We have reached out to Galleria officials about the mall’s reopening but have not heard back. The Galleria’s website says the mall will be open today from 11am-7pm.
A county police spokesperson says more information is expected to be released about this case later today.
Anyone with information on the shooting is still being asked to contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.