Gunman kills 1 at Southern California mall, wounds himself


At least one person was killed and another was injured after a shooting at a mall in Southern California of the United States.

He said there was no threat to the public.

The man went to a store at The Oaks mall in the city of Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles, and had an argument with the 30-year-old victim before shooting her, Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow said.

Authorities have not released a motive for the shooting or what led up to it except that the victim and suspect were divorced and they have two children. No one else was harmed or fired at during the shooting.

"I went to Nordstrom to get trousers, and the next thing I know, the doors are being sealed", Simpson told The Associated Press. He said he and his mother were shaken but OK.

Simpson said the shoppers were kept inside the mall for over an hour until police declared the area safe.

The mall was put in lockdown during the incident and patrons were evacuated to a fire station across the street as a safety zone. The victim - who was an employee of the Paper Source store - was "targeted", the sheriff's department said.

Portions of the mall reopened and were back in business by 4 p.m. The incident took place on Saturday which created chaos at the mall, people shopping at the mall ran into the stores and out the exits.