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Shelter-in-place lifted at Ingram Park Mall, BCSO says

Authorities say surveillance video shows the suspect they were hunting escaping before they were able to fully lock the mall down.

SAN ANTONIO — Bexar County authorities are lifting a shelter-in-place at Ingram Park Mall and preparing to leave the scene after determining a suspect they spent at least two hours searching for wasn't inside. 

Deputies tell KENS 5 they obtained surveillance video showing the suspect escaping before it could be completely locked down Friday afternoon. Still unidentified to this point, he ran inside the mall around 5 p.m. while attempting to evade authorities responding to reports of gunfire on the west side. 

No one was hurt at either scene, Sheriff Javier Salazar said in an earlier update. 

The episode began about 10 miles away in the area of Potranco and Grosenbacher, where a local mother fearing for her family's safety called police to report gunfire outside her home. When authorities arrived, the suspect vehicle fled the scene, sparking the chase, according to Salazar. 

Once outside Ingram Park Mall, the two bailed the car and ran inside, transitioning the vehicle pursuit to an on-foot hunt. Salazar said they found a gun inside the abandoned car, which came back as stolen; meanwhile, the other occupant of the car was soon detained, identified as a "16 or 17-year-old male."

Salazar indicated around 7 p.m. it was possible the suspect left the property before they could be found. 

Upwards of 40 deputies were at the scene, the sheriff added, along with K-9 units and SWAT teams. 

There's no word at this point on where the search will go from here. 

This is a developing story. Check back with KENS5.com for updates. 


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