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Shooting at Great Mall, one person injured

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.



Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


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