A hospital spokesman said a boy is in critical condition and another is in serious condition following a shooting Tuesday afternoon in San Bruno.
San Bruno police received numerous 911 calls at 3:56 p.m. reporting gunfire at The Shops at Tanforan, a mall at 1150 El Camino Real. No one had been arrested and two shooters were at large early Tuesday evening.
San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa said four people were injured and two of them were sent to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Hospital spokesman Brent Andrew said the two at San Francisco General Hospital were the boys, who each suffered gunshot wounds. Canepa said the shooting has shocked him.
Describing it as a decades-old, family-friendly mall that is relatively safe, Canepa said:
“Under no circumstance would I have thought that Tanforan would have a shooting within the mall.”
“This is truly, truly a tragedy.”
As of 8:10 p.m. nearby San Bruno BART station, which was closed following the shooting, was open again and trains were stopping at the station. The station’s parking structure was also open and accessible to people who parked there.
BART’s 12th Street station in Oakland is also open again after it was closed so police could search for a suspect on a train. A suspect was not found, but the search continues, according to BART police and Oakland police.
San Mateo County officials said all the roads around the mall are open again and the parking lots are accessible to people with vehicles there.
The mall will be closed until 10 a.m. Wednesday and property left at the mall can be picked up then. The mall will be secured and locked overnight, according to county officials.
Canepa said words can’t explain his grief at another shooting in San Bruno. Last April a shooting took place at YouTube headquarters, located about a mile away from the mall. In that incident, a 39-year-old woman believed to be the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and three others were shot and injured.
“This is a sad day and … I’m in shock that this would happen.”
“Two days before the Fourth of July, the last thing that you would expect is a shooting.”
Canepa, whose joint powers agency oversees the county Office of Emergency Services, praised law enforcement who responded to the scene of the shooting.
“Any shooting that takes place is unacceptable, but when you have multiple injuries – you have to applaud police.”