Police seeking suspects in Alberta mall shooting

Shooting happened late Thursday afternoon near Grande Prairie mall's food court

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – A suspect or suspects are being sought after a shooting at a shopping mall in Grande Prairie, Alta., that may have left two people injured.

The shooting took place late Thursday afternoon by the east doors going into the Prairie Mall’s food court.

RCMP aren’t saying much so far, but witnesses have described a flurry of activity.

Jeannette LaFlamme was in the north end of the mall waiting for an appointment.

“All of a sudden, there were people coming in droves on the north end of the mall essentially, not running out of the mall but getting out of the mall as fast as they could,” she told radio station CJXX.

“We had one person come and tell the store to close up shop because two people had been shot at the food court.”

Barb Verhaegag had just gone into the mall with her son.

“We heard what sounded like, and was later confirmed by other witnesses, to be a gunshot in the food court,” says Verhaegag. “We looked around and all the stores were panicky, closing their doors.”

A woman who didn’t want her name used told the radio station she saw a group of males “acting weird” before they grabbed at a man with a bag and shot were fired.

“I can’t believe it’s happening here,” she says. “People were screaming, kids were crying and I hit the floor.”

Verhaegag praised RCMP for their quick response, saying there were a half-dozen police vehicles on scene by the time she and her son left the mall.

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