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2 wounded in Ohio mall, police blame gangs

Associated Press • Jul 28, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Most stores at the Eastland Mall closed early Friday evening. Columbus police said Saturday two teens arrested Friday were each charged with felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon.

Police said a 63-year-old man and 17-year-old male suffered gunshot wounds to their legs Friday just before 4:30 p.m. They were treated at a hospital, and police said their wounds weren’t considered life-threatening.

The Columbus Dispatch reported police said the shooting started in a gang encounter over memorial T-shirts being made at a mall kiosk for fallen gang members.

“The rival gangs went to the same location to get some shirts made,” said police Sgt. Ralph Guglielmi.

Store employees around the mall quickly lowered security gates as shoppers took cover.

Police were reviewing security camera videos and didn’t immediately release further details.

Bobby Baten, who was working at a nearby kiosk, said he heard three shots, then “a lot of people running and shouting.”

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