Third injury reported in Tuesday mall shooting

Investigation continues as The Citadel prepares to reopen

A third person was treated early Wednesday morning and The Citadel mall prepared to reopen following an early-afternoon shooting Tuesday outside of the shopping center.

 The injured include two men and a boy, Colorado Springs Police spokesman Lt. Howard Black told the Express Wednesday morning. The men were both hospitalized and were listed in serious and stable condition as of Tuesday night. The boy took himself to the hospital early Wednesday morning. 

A fourth victim, a girl, was not injured but was in the area when the shooting occurred. 

It happened shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday near the entrance to Hooters on the mall’s southwest side. The preliminary investigation shows a verbal argument started outside of the shopping center and multiple shots were fired from inside a car. The incident does not appear to have been random, and is believed to have followed the dispute, Black said. 

The scene was secured and the mall closed for the remainder of the day. Hundreds of people were inside at the time, Black said. 

The mall was slated to reopen at 9 a.m. Wednesday.  A Citadel spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for information; however, police in a tweet noted that “CSPD and Mall Management appreciates our community and your patience.”

The CSPD Violent Crimes Section responded to the scene and continues to investigate the shooting. 

Anyone with any information or who witnessed the shooting is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000. Or, to leave an anonymous tip, call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 634-7867 or (800) 222-8477.

— Regan Foster