shooting at Towne East Square mall
WICHITA, KS – Wichita police are investigating a shooting at the Towne East Square Shopping Center off Kellogg in Wichita.
Wichita police respond to a shooting in Towne East Square, near Douglas and Rock Road, in eastern Wichita.
Police confirmed the nature of the severe response, but it was not clear how many casualties there might be or whether anyone had been arrested.
Wichita police respond to shooting at Towne East Square mall
Eyewitness News spoke with eyewitnesses to what happened: a mall employee and customer who helped his friend’s child hide in the back of a store.
The customer said it started with screaming and shoving, followed immediately by two gunshots and five more after that. He said people started running.
The employee said he was standing by two doors near the western entrance when he heard five to six gunshots from a fight.
He said people realized what was happening and started running and taking cover in the stores.
He said this happened on the first floor, near the inside entrances to Round One and Foot Locker.
They are currently diverting traffic away from the area.
“It was just fear,” he said.
“And in my opinion, the worst part was seeing people’s faces when they were running into the store. That’s when we learned it had become something.”