Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Five people were killed by an 18 year-old man who opened fire inside the Trolley Square Mall on Monday evening, according to preliminary reports.
Police say they have shot dead one suspect.
The shootings started at 6:45 in The Old Spaghetti Factory on the second floor of the Trolley Square Mall.
Two employees of the Williams-Sonoma store, near the southwest corner of Trolley Square, told KSL that they heard shots and breaking glass from the area of the west parking garage. They say they saw a gunman about 6’3”, wearing a dark trench coat, carrying a shotgun, probably in his 20’s. He came into the mall from the parking garage.
A witness at Trolley Square has said that there may have been a second shooter, a man dressed in normal clothing and carrying a young child. Multiple news outlets have reported an off-duty police officer from the nearby city of Ogden confronted and shot the suspect. This officer is likely the “second shooter” reported earlier.
KTVX had reported that there may have been another shooter inside the facility, however this was later found to not be the case.
The mall evacuation began at 7:00 and is progressing slowly.
The shooter has been identified as Solejman Talovic, an eighteen year-old Bosnian refugee living in Salt Lake City.