Winnipeg, Manitoba (CBC) Three people have died and four others are injured after a man opened fire at a mall in Manitoba’s northwest early Sunday morning, police say.
The man fled on foot after he opened fire on the mall, which was crowded with people on a weekend.
The incident happened about 5:30 a.m.
ET in the parking lot of the mall in the city of Winnipeg.
The shooting happened in the area of the Winnipeg Jets hockey team, located in the same building.
The Winnipeg police department is investigating.
The suspect fled the scene on foot and has not yet been apprehended.
“It appears that he may have shot at other people in the mall or others on foot in the nearby area,” Winnipeg police Sgt. Eric Leclerc told reporters at a news conference.
Leclert said the suspect had not been identified.
The mall has about 200 people inside, police said.
The woman who was injured in the shooting was treated at the scene and released.
Witnesses told CBC News they heard a loud noise coming from the mall and thought the gunman was on a motorcycle.
“We heard some screaming and I think it was gunshots and we thought maybe someone had just been shot,” witness Michelle McBride said.
“He looked like he was on the bike.”
Witnesses said they heard gunshots in the distance.
The gunman has been identified as 35-year-old Charles V. Jones, according to police.
Police did not release his name or whether he had a lawyer.
They also did not know whether he was armed.
Witnesses said he yelled “I am the king” before he opened the door to his vehicle.
Witnesses and police later said they saw Jones running with a gun.
Police said the gunman fled in a white sedan and drove away.
Witnesses, however, said they did not see the gunman.