Pennsylvania’s state Senate on Tuesday approved two veto-bound firearms bills, including one to allow people to carry a loaded gun openly or concealed, without a permit.
Lt. Brian Kohlhepp with Ross Township Police said there was a fight inside the mall that involved five, possibly six people. Guns were pulled out during the fight and police said some witnesses reported hearing 1-3 gunshots. The fight took place on the second floor of the mall near Guest Services and police said they are looking to see if this was gang-related.
Two juvenile males are in custody in connection with the shooting. Police said they believe both of them are 17 years old. They have not been charged yet, police said. The teens are from the Pittsburgh area, now Ross Township.
Three guns were recovered from inside the mall.
There were no injuries in connection with the shooting or evacuation of the mall.
Police slammed the mall’s parent company, Simon Properties, saying they were at a disadvantage because there are no cameras inside common areas of the mall. Anchor stores and some interior stores have their own cameras. Officials said they are going to have to rely heavily on social media and cell phone videos. If you have any video or pictures, you’re urged to contact Ross Township Police.
Investigators said the evacuation went as smooth as it could and units train for situations like this.
A mayor in Westmoreland County has resigned in the wake of being accused of pointing a gun at teenagers earlier in April.