At about 5:16pm on Saturday, December 19, a report came in to the Milpitas Police Department (MPD) of a shooter and one person shot at The Great Mall.
The Milpitas Beat communicated with MPD Chief Armando Corpuz and Captain John Torres to gain information.
Despite the mall’s current minimum occupancy level as a result of COVID-19 regulations, MPD sent in a large amount of patrol staff, and were also joined by staff from other local law enforcement agencies.
Mall security swiftly asked those in stores to shelter in place, for the safety of their staff and customers. In the meantime, several search teams of police personnel swept the mall.
At press time, the search remains ongoing. No suspect has been found. No ETA on the search’s completion has been established.
On arrival, law enforcement began the process of escorting out customers. In the meantime, Captain Torres said he believed the sole shooting victim had sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Police do not believe there is any threat to the neighboring community at this time. As of 7:30pm on Saturday, The Great Mall was surrounded by police vehicles from an array of jurisdictions, as helicopters continuously circled the skies overhead.
Torres noted that, sadly, in accordance with the age we live in, law enforcement was well-prepared for such a call.
The shooting victim was rushed immediately to a local hospital.