Swindle says there’s no threat to the public, but firefighters opened up a nearby fire station as a safety zone for shoppers.
The shooting occurred at The Oaks mall in the city of Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Los Angeles.
Jeffrey Simpson was inside a department store at a Southern California mall when it suddenly went into lockdown.
The 17-year-old says he was buying pants at Nordstrom on Saturday afternoon when an announcement came over the intercom that there was a threat outside and all the doors would be locked.
Simpson, who was with his mother, says he didn’t hear any gunfire but saw emergency vehicles outside. He says they are both a little shaken and have been in the store for an hour.
Authorities say one person was killed and one injured but there are no outstanding suspects.
Simpson says he can’t believe something like this happened just a few minutes from his home.
Authorities say one person was killed and one injured after a shooting at a Southern California mall.
The Ventura County sheriff’s department says on Twitter that Saturday’s incident has been contained and there’s no threat to the public.
The county fire department says the victim who was injured at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, California, was being taken to a hospital.
Authorities are setting up a safety zone across the street.
A message left for the sheriff’s department wasn’t immediately returned.