One of two people who were shot at the Genesee Valley Mall in Flint Township over the weekend has been released from the hospital and taken to jail.
The shooting happened just after 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 in the JC Penny wing of the mall. Michigan State Police, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, and Flint Township Police responded to the scene.
An altercation between two groups of people at the mall lead up to one person from each group being shot, the Flint Township Police Department said. Both individuals were taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
The mall was closed for the rest of the day, according to Michigan State Police. The Genesee County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing the case.
On Monday, one person was released from the local hospital and taken to the Genesee County Jail while the other individual remains in critical condition at the hospital.
The Director of a branch of the Genesee County Library inside the mall said they are talking with employees about safety as they come back to work less than 48 hours after the incident.
"We were talking about anything from how they feel about the situation. Do they feel safe? Letting them know about all the precautions that the mall takes to keep them safe with their security," David Conklin, the director of the branch said. "We have panic buttons installed at each of our branches. Our librarians know how to dial 9-1-1, and we also have crisis cards they can refer to."
This is the second shooting on mall property this year, Flint Township Police said. There was a shooting just outside the mall earlier this year.
The management of the Genesee Valley Mall released this statement about the incident on Oct. 18:
The safety and security of our merchants, employees, and patrons has always been our number one priority. Unfortunately, an alarming, but isolated, incident did occur in our mall this past weekend. In cooperation with Genesee Valley Mall’s security team, the Flint Township Police Department is actively investigating a shooting that took place Saturday afternoon. The mall was closed for the duration of the day following the incident, however as there is no present or immediate danger to the public, the Flint Township Police Department cleared the mall to resume business, and the mall is now operating as usual.
We have received reports that at least two of the individuals involved sustained gunshot wounds, however we do not have further information at this time. We do not take this matter lightly, and we will work to identify any need for further security measures to bolster those already in place, informed by the results of the Police Department's investigation, and will respond accordingly. As this is an active and ongoing investigation, no further information is available from our end at this time.