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Mall Shooting Suspect Arrested

Police SWAT team members walk through the parking lot of the Tacoma Mall, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, in Tacoma Wash., where an armed man took hostages shortly after noon. No shots were fired when the man was taken down shortly before 4 p.m. by SWAT team members, said Mark Fulghum, a spokesman for Tacoma Police. The hostages were released safely, Fulghum said. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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A gunman opened fire inside a busy shopping mall Sunday, wounding at least six people and taking three others hostage in a music store before he surrendered to a SWAT team, authorities said.

Witnesses described seeing a man walking backward through the mall, firing a rifle. At least six people were injured, one critically, as shoppers and store clerks scrambled for cover.

Tacoma Police spokesman Mark Fulghum said the suspect was a young man, but he had no other details or possible motives.

The gunman came out of the Sam Goody music store without a gun and surrendered to the SWAT team, Fulghum said. He said police were interviewing the victims and the three hostages — two men and a woman — to determine what happened during the nearly four hours he was inside.

While the suspect was in the music store, employee Joe Hudson was able to pick up the phone call from The Associated Press and say he and others had been taken hostage. He said little more but could be heard telling others that he was talking to the AP.