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Gunman kills 1, fires on police at mall

December 25, 2006|From the Associated Press

BOYNTON BEACH, FLA. — A gunman killed a man in a fight at a crowded mall Sunday, then sent hundreds of Christmas shoppers running for cover as he fired at pursuing police, authorities said.

SWAT team members arrested the suspect after he barricaded himself in a department store at the Boynton Beach Mall, north of Miami, Police Lt. Jeffrey Katz said.

Names of the suspect and victim were not released.

The mall was evacuated, and closed for the day.

Katz said it was miraculous that no one else was injured in the midafternoon melee.

"The suspect ran through the mall and began to fire at officers as they were chasing him," Katz said.

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