Lancaster police talk for first time about Park City shooting

Lancaster police are talking for the first time since Sunday’s shooting at Park City Center,

Lancaster police are talking for the first time since Sunday’s shooting at Park City Center, including about the bystander who intervened.WGAL’s Meredith Jorgensen sat down with investigators for nearly an hour on Tuesday, trying to uncover more about the events that left four people with gunshot wounds.Police said a 50-year-old man who shot the alleged gunman kept the scene stable until police arrived.”He stuck around. He didn’t flee, and there’s been nothing but cooperation from him. And it’s really a decision for the district attorney’s office to determine how the law will view his actions at that time,” Lt. Glenn Stoltzfus said.Police said the incident started when a 16-year-old from Lancaster pulled a gun during a fight. Others tried to wrestle the gun away from him and he fired several times, police said. That’s when the bystander got involved, according to police, using his own legally possessed gun.Investigators spent Monday gathering and combing through video from shops and mall security cameras.”There’s a process to go back in time, so to speak, before an incident occurred and see, for instance, when did these involved persons enter the mall? It’s a time-consuming process. You can have hours and hour of overall video that all has to be looked at because you don’t want to miss anything. You want to do a thorough and fair job to everyone involved,” Stoltzfus said.Meredith also spoke with Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams by phone. Adams said she’s taking all of the evidence into account before filing charges.When Stoltzfus was asked whether the mall is safe, he said yes and that Sunday’s events were isolated and a targeted event. He said the community should still feel comfortable going to Park City.Previous story:Questions about the shooting at Park City Center in Lancaster go unanswered, two days after four people were shot.So far, no one from Lancaster city leadership has spoken publicly about the violence.According to police, a 16-year-old boy pulled a gun during a fight Sunday at the mall. Investigators said two males the teen was fighting with and a woman with her family were shot. Police said the 16-year-old was shot by a bystander who had his own legal gun and stepped in to halt the altercation.We are expecting to hear from Lancaster city police on Tuesday afternoon.The district attorney’s office said it’s busy working on charges against the 16-year-old and looking into the involvement of the armed bystander before commenting publicly.News 8 has also reached out to the Lancaster mayor’s office, as well as Park City Center’s general manager.We want to know about mall protocols for situations like the shooting, what store owners were told and whether there were any announcements to shoppers at the time of the incident.

Lancaster police are talking for the first time since Sunday’s shooting at Park City Center, including about the bystander who intervened.

WGAL’s Meredith Jorgensen sat down with investigators for nearly an hour on Tuesday, trying to uncover more about the events that left four people with gunshot wounds.

Police said a 50-year-old man who shot the alleged gunman kept the scene stable until police arrived.

“He stuck around. He didn’t flee, and there’s been nothing but cooperation from him. And it’s really a decision for the district attorney’s office to determine how the law will view his actions at that time,” Lt. Glenn Stoltzfus said.

Police said the incident started when a 16-year-old from Lancaster pulled a gun during a fight. Others tried to wrestle the gun away from him and he fired several times, police said. That’s when the bystander got involved, according to police, using his own legally possessed gun.

Investigators spent Monday gathering and combing through video from shops and mall security cameras.

“There’s a process to go back in time, so to speak, before an incident occurred and see, for instance, when did these involved persons enter the mall? It’s a time-consuming process. You can have hours and hour of overall video that all has to be looked at because you don’t want to miss anything. You want to do a thorough and fair job to everyone involved,” Stoltzfus said.

Meredith also spoke with Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams by phone. Adams said she’s taking all of the evidence into account before filing charges.

When Stoltzfus was asked whether the mall is safe, he said yes and that Sunday’s events were isolated and a targeted event. He said the community should still feel comfortable going to Park City.

Previous story:

Questions about the shooting at Park City Center in Lancaster go unanswered, two days after four people were shot.

So far, no one from Lancaster city leadership has spoken publicly about the violence.

According to police, a 16-year-old boy pulled a gun during a fight Sunday at the mall. Investigators said two males the teen was fighting with and a woman with her family were shot. Police said the 16-year-old was shot by a bystander who had his own legal gun and stepped in to halt the altercation.

We are expecting to hear from Lancaster city police on Tuesday afternoon.

The district attorney’s office said it’s busy working on charges against the 16-year-old and looking into the involvement of the armed bystander before commenting publicly.

News 8 has also reached out to the Lancaster mayor’s office, as well as Park City Center’s general manager.

We want to know about mall protocols for situations like the shooting, what store owners were told and whether there were any announcements to shoppers at the time of the incident.

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