Police investigate drive-by shooting at Vancouver mall

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KPTV) — An investigation is underway after suspects fled an afternoon drive-by shooting at the Vancouver Mall, investigators say.

The Vancouver Police Department said officers first responded around 4:45 p.m. Thursday to reports of a disturbance with a weapon in the mall’s south parking lot.

Witnesses said gunshots were heard as a dark-colored vehicle manned by several men drove past another vehicle in the parking lot. Both vehicles then fled.

Officers then discovered casings in the area of ​​the shooting.

At this time, no injuries have been reported and no suspects have been identified, according to Vancouver PD.

Eric Olsen said he was waiting for his bus when he heard the gunshots.

“I was just waiting for the bus here, soaking up the sun in the parking lot, listening to my music on my phone and all of a sudden all I heard was pow, pow, pow, pow,” said Olsen said. “It was like 5, 6 shots going off. My first thought was ‘Not Vancouver’. I hear all of that in Portland, not Vancouver. Come on.’ I’m sick of the violence, like everyone else.

Olsen uses the bus stop frequently and said the shooting was concerning.

“I will be more careful and more alert, but it is upsetting that people think the only solution to their problems is violence. There are other ways to handle problems. All it causes is more suffering,” he said.

Moriah Hasan is the owner of the MisMoh beauty salon near the mall in Vancouver. She says she didn’t hear the shooting on Thursday.

“I had no idea what happened yesterday and I was here,” Hasan said. “I heard the sirens but just assumed it was an ambulance or a fire engine going to the nearby hospital. They are using this street to bypass traffic.

Although she said she wasn’t concerned about the recent shooting, Hasan said crime has steadily increased in Vancouver over the years.

“It’s out of control,” Hasan said. “I was born and raised in northeast Portland and came here in 2006 and just the changes that have happened, the violence and the crime, it’s just out of control. It’s scary to think how much it has grown over the years.

The Vancouver Police Department’s Street Safety Task Force is continuing to investigate.

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