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Idaho Mall shooting death toll rises to 3 as suspect dies

The suspect hospitalized in the Idaho Mall shooting on Monday died Tuesday, bringing the death toll in the violence in Boise Towne Square to three, police said.

The Ada County coroner identified the dead as Joseph Acker, 26, of Caldwell, and Roberto Padilla Arguelles, 49, of Rupert. The alleged shooter has been identified as Jacob Bergquist, 27, of Boise.

Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee told a press conference on Tuesday that Bergquist was known to both police and mall security, although he does not appear to have a criminal record in the city.

Security guards had contacted him about issues such as disruptive or disorderly behavior and allegations of trespassing in the past, Lee said.

At least four other people were injured in the shooting, police said in a statement on Tuesday.

They include two women, aged 52 and 23, who suffered injuries described as not life-threatening inside a department store, and a 68-year-old woman who was punched inside. from a vehicle, possibly as the police and the suspect were exchanging gunshots. outside. She was also expected to recover, police said.

A Boise officer, who was treated and released, was struck by a window in the vehicle he was using, they said. His hat was hit by gunfire, they said.

Lee said he wouldn’t be surprised if more people were injured in the rush to leave the mall and went straight to medical facilities for treatment.

A timeline of events released by police on Tuesday begins with 911 reports of gunfire at 1:50 p.m. Monday.

He says a security guard “contacted” the suspect on the first floor of the mall, but it is not clear whether the gunfire started before or after the confrontation. The question could determine whether this was a random shooting or a possible homicidal reaction against security and police.

Lee described the suspect on Tuesday as “an active shooter with murderous intent.”

“He was an individual who acted cowardly and acted alone,” he said.

After shooting the security guard, the suspect opened fire inside the mall, killing a man, “hitting a glass escalator” and then apparently shooting on the ground, injuring two women, police said. in the timeline.

Response officers spotted a man matching the suspect’s description outside the mall, and “came under fire quickly,” Lee said.

Police retaliated, but Lee said it was too early to rule out the possibility that the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Although police said in Tuesday’s statement that the suspect was armed with “guns,” Lee said all of the shooter’s shots came from a single handgun.

He praised the shopkeepers for doing the right thing in quickly bringing shoppers to bathrooms and shops which were quickly closed. “They closed and sheltered and secured so that they became inaccessible,” Lee said.

Police have asked social media companies to preserve Bergquist’s accounts so investigators can determine if there are any clues to his state of mind online.

Boise Police are investigating the mall attack. A “critical incident task force” led by the neighboring Meridian Police Department is investigating the gunfire with police.

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean said at Tuesday’s press conference: “Yesterday was a tough day. It was a terrible day.”

Gemma Di Casimirro contributed.

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