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Police still seek 7-8 more suspects in Fashion Place Mall shooting

Police actively searching for 3 suspects in Fashion Place Mall shooting (KUTV)

Police are still looking for seven to eight gang members believed to be involved in a verbal fight that led to a shooting between two rival gangs at the Fashion Place Mall in Murray on Sunday.

Two suspects were arrested on Monday, police reported: Jesus Joshua Payan-Mendoza and Jorge Luis Crecencio-Gonzalez, both 19.

Police said Crecencio-Gonzalez and Payan-Mendoza are members of the same gang. The two people shot on Sunday are in the other gang, police said.

Murray police say the gangs happened to run into each other at the mall and started arguing, then took the argument outside, where shots were fired from both groups. Police believe 11 or 12 people were involved in the fight.

One male victim is still in the hospital in critical condition, while the female victim was treated and released.

A U.S. Army recruiter who was in the mall at the time rushed to find the two victims and render first aid at the scene.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert's office has issued a statement regarding calling the shooting troubling:

“Our hearts go out to the injured, and we are troubled to see the fear created by this senseless shooting.
We are grateful for the rapid and professional response of our public safety officers from around the valley to this unfortunate incident.”

Police are still investigating the shooting, which happened on the east side of the mall near the south entrance.

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Police stormed surrounding neighborhoods on Sunday searching for the suspects.

Two Utah state representatives were at the mall at the time of the shooting, Rep. Carol Spackman Moss and Rep. Marie Poulson, both Democrats, tweeted about the situation.

On Monday, Spackman Moss told 2News she was calling on the company that owns Fashion Place Mall to assess its security procedures.

Some people inside the mall when the alarms went off thought it was a drill, and Spackman Moss said mall employees told shoppers not to take the alarms seriously.

911 calls later obtained by 2News showed the chaos that ensued seconds after the shots were fired.

Fashion Place Mall released a statement about the shooting via Twitter on Sunday.

The mall was closed for the rest of the day on Sunday, but re-opened on Monday.

Families seeking family members were asked to meet at the Taco Bell on the corner of 6100 S. and State St. in Murray after the shooting.

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