CONCORD – Police are investigating reports of a shooting at Sunvalley shopping center on Friday afternoon, authorities said.
Donna Piper, a resident of Martinez, said she was at the mall to exchange some Christmas presents when she heard gunshots ringing around 3:20 p.m. on the first floor of the mall near the food court .
“There was blood all over the floor,” she said.
Piper said she was inside a luggage store when she heard gunshots and ran out the back into a closet with four other people, including the store owner, after having locked the door and lowered the door. The store owner’s husband told them he saw a body on the floor with blood all over it, according to Piper. She was taken through the back entrance to the mall and left the mall at around 4:20 pm There were more than 10 police cars at the scene.
One person was gunned down around 3:45 p.m. and taken to hospital, according to ABC7 News.
“It’s so scary, crazy,” she said. “You see this on TV and you just don’t think something like this could happen. “
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Piper also said she witnessed an argument in the area of the shooting.
“I didn’t think about it,” she said. “I was reading a tag on the luggage when two minutes later – a shot. I looked around the mall and people were running.
Concord police confirmed the shooting and said the mall was closed, according to social media posts. Authorities said there was currently no “threat to the public” and advised people to avoid the area.
Police did not disclose any information about the suspects or the victim’s current condition.
Firefighters also intervened on the scene. Patrol cars were lined up in front of the JC Penney store.