OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – People inside the Penn Square Mall went into a panic Thursday afternoon after shots rang out in a store.
Mall-goers were told to take cover and remain calm.
A fight inside a metro Foot Locker sparked gunfire at Penn Square Mall, shaking holidays shoppers to the core.
“Then I heard ‘BOOM BOOM,'” one shopper said. “I know what gunshots sound like.”
“The gunshots were like one of them and then three or four after that,” another shopper said.
Police say it started when a group began arguing. The suspect allegedly pulled out a gun and shot a young man in the chest before taking off.
Friends and family confirmed to News 4 the victim is Gerron Cobb seen in cell phone video.
He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
“Everybody started running,” a shopper said. “They were crying.”
The mall was in lockdown as police searched for the gunman. Police and the SWAT Team swarmed with rifles, a wave of innocent mall-goers ducking for cover.
“We didn’t even know the people. We started running and looking for, yeah, safety,” a shopper said.
Stephanie Stewart huddled next to her boyfriend in the back of Sephora.
“It’s scary,” a shopper said. “You never expect this to happen.”
Investigators sifted through stores to give the all clear.
Hours later, customers were finally escorted to their cars.
“I just can’t imagine going and doing that to somebody or even threaten someone like that,” an employee said. “It’s evil.”
While several shoppers were told to leave, some had to stay behind for hours to give witness statements.