Two suspects in custody following shooting at South Shore Plaza; 15-year-old victim expected to recover
BRAINTREE, Mass. (WLNE)– Two male suspects are in custody following a shooting Friday just before 5 p.m. at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, police said in a statement.
Braintree police said a 15-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Investigators said that the girl was not the intended target of the shooting, and have described her as a bystander.
“We were told she was not actually near the group when she was struck, so we don’t believe she had anything to do with it at all,” Braintree Police Chief Mark Dubois said.
The suspects have not been identified, with police offering only that they are a 20- and a 21-year old. An investigation is underway to identify the others involved.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene that began as an altercation between two groups inside the mall.
“All of the sudden out of nowhere all of the customers were screaming, they’re freaking out, they’re all rushing back towards us,” Courtney Thomas, a mall employee said.
After words were exchanged, the groups separated, but shortly after that, gunfire was exchanged.
Krystal Mavirides was shopping when the shots erupted.
“I’m legit in the dressing room changing, and the woman opened up the curtain and was like, ‘Throw whatever on! We need to go the storage room!'” Mavrides said.
Authorities had earlier urged residents to shelter in place and avoid the general area, as the mall had been placed on lockdown.
The suspects were located shortly after in the vicinity of the mall.
The shelter-in-place and lockdown have since been lifted, and the mall will be open for its usual hours beginning at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
©WLNE-TV/ABC 6 2020