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Man is killed and woman is injured after gunmen open fire at Omaha mall as police hunt for two suspects

 Shots rang out Saturday in an Omaha mall, leaving one man dead and a woman wounded while weekend shoppers were sent running for cover.

Police have launched a manhunt for two suspects who remain at large. 

Omaha Lt Neil Bornacci said one man who was in critical condition at Bergan Mercy hospital later died from his injuries while a second victim, a woman, walked into Immanuel Hospital with a leg wound determined to be a non-life-threatening injury.  

Pictures from the mall on social media showed people sheltering in place inside the shopping center after the shots rang out

Pictures from the mall on social media showed people sheltering in place inside the shopping center after the shots rang out

Families were forced to run from the mall after an 'active shooter' situation was declared

Families were forced to run from the mall after an 'active shooter' situation was declared

The pair were both shot during the incident at the Westroads Mall near JC Penney around noon on Saturday.   

The gunfire also led to panic, as people fled from the main section of the mall.

'It was shocking,' said Alyha Wills to the Omaha World Herald who was in Forever 21 with her sister when other shoppers asked if she'd heard the gunfire.

She then fled, saying, 'I could hear it; it was close.' 

Pictures from the mall showed people sheltering in place inside the mall after the shots rang out.

Couples hugged with relief after making their way out of the shopping mall

Couples hugged with relief after making their way out of the shopping mall

One man has died and a woman injured in a shooting at the Westroads Mall in Omaha

One man has died and a woman injured in a shooting at the Westroads Mall in Omaha

Officers gave the 'all clear' around 1pm - about an hour after shots were fired

Officers gave the 'all clear' around 1pm - about an hour after shots were fired

Officials had described the situation as a 'potential active shooter' situation, but at 1:15pm police said the suspects were thought to have fled the scene.     

'Suspects fled the scene and are at large. OPD is searching the entire mall as a precaution. Please avoid the area. A press release will be sent later with more information,' Omaha Police tweeted.

Police are currently searching for two suspects although no description was given.

'Unfortunately nationwide we're seeing an increase in violent crime, however, Omaha is safe,' Bornacci said. 'We take a lot of preventative measures as a police department.' 

This is the second reported shooting at Westroads Mall in a little more than a month. 

Omaha Police Officer Jeffrey Wittstruck was shot at four times by a 21-year-old man who was accused of shoplifting T-shirts from J.C. Penney on March 12. Wittstruck survived. 

The J.C. Penney is about 200 feet from Von Maur, where a gunman killed eight people and himself in 2007. 

Multiple witnesses are being interviewed, and police asked anyone who witnessed the shooting to call 402-444-7867. 

Fire crews, police and paramedics were quickly on the scene to assist

Fire crews, police and paramedics were quickly on the scene to assist

This is the second reported shooting at Westroads Mall in a little more than a month

This is the second reported shooting at Westroads Mall in a little more than a month

The mall is close to Von Maur, where a  gunman killed eight people and himself in 2007

The mall is close to Von Maur, where a  gunman killed eight people and himself in 2007

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