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Accused gunman in a Boise mall shooting dies in hospital

<i>Rebecca Boone/AP</i><br/>Six people
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Six people

By Jenn Selva, Amanda Watts and Amir Vera, CNN

The accused gunman in an Idaho mall shooting on Monday died Tuesday at a local hospital, according to a news release from the Boise Police Department.

The Ada County Coroner’s Office identified the suspect as Jacob Bergquist, 27. He was injured during an exchange of gunfire with a police officer Monday, BPD said.

Bergquist had previous run-ins with mall security, Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee said during a news conference Tuesday.

“They were generally what we would categorize as disorderly conduct sort of calls in nature, trespass calls in nature, for disruptive behavior,” Lee said, adding that police had contact with Bergquist in the past and he was a known subject of police reports, but they had no reason to arrest him.

Two other people — a 49-year-old man and a 26-year-old man — were killed when the gunman opened fire at Boise Towne Square Mall, the release said.

Three other people were injured in the shooting. Two were identified as a 52-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman, the release said. Both were injured while inside a store and had non-life-threatening injuries.

The third person was a 68-year-old woman who was shot while inside her car, the release said. She also had non-life-threatening injuries.

A Boise police officer was also injured in the shooting. The officer was treated and released, officials said.

The release says officers responded to the mall for reports of shots fired at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

“Callers indicated a white male adult, dressed in black, in possession of guns, had fired multiple shots inside of the building,” the release said.

A preliminary investigation showed the gunman shot a security officer on the first floor of the mall, who later died at the scene. The gunman then continued firing multiple rounds inside the mall, hitting a glass escalator and a second victim who died at a hospital, the release said.

Officers arrived at 1:53 p.m. and confronted the gunman. An exchange of gunfire took place between the gunman and at least one officer, the release said.

Video streamed by a reporter from CNN affiliate KBOI showed several police cars and one ambulance outside the main entrance to the Macy’s department store. The video shows one person being brought out on a gurney and loaded into the ambulance. Another person sits on the bumper of a police SUV while several emergency workers tend to his head.

“A preliminary investigation shows the suspect was in possession of multiple firearms and ammunition on scene at the mall,” the release said. “(Eighteen) spent shell casings were recovered from inside the building.”

A search warrant was executed Tuesday at a home on Fry Street in Boise today, the release said.

“We have been coordinating with our local, state and federal partners to investigate rumors and reports from social media and there is no evidence of additional planned attacks or ongoing threats to the public,” the release said. “All evidence indicates the suspect was acting alone.”

Police said they are in the process of notifying family members of the people involved.

Officers were going from one merchant to the next, clearing each business, police added.

Lee said most of the mall — which has 153 stores, according to its website — has been cleared.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little said the shooting is “unthinkable” and he was praying for the people who were injured. He said the state was ready to help police investigate the shooting.

Lee said a county task force would investigate the officer-involved part of the shooting.

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19 Comments

    1. You are SO right, Prolifelatterdaysaint. Bad – EVIL – mentally disturbed people don’t usually purchase a firearm – – unless they buy it on the street. Thieves STEAL guns too to use themselves or resell. Where there is the will, there is ALWAYS the way. “Gun control” merely sounds good to the ignorant.

    1. What a silly statement. WTF does this article have to do with you taking a political approach to this tragedy?! Ohhhhh, Your user name tells me you can’t make logical thoughts on your own so I understand your point… You are not helping society move forward. Do better.

      1. From biased speeches that blame immigrants for our socioeconomic problems resulting in increased hate crimes and mass shootings to blocking gun law reform and Covid mandates allowing more and more victims, it makes you wonder why Republicans defend fetuses so vociferously. Could it be all the emotional rhetoric about “heartbeats” and “babies” is just a strategy for fundraising?

  1. So sad for all those involved. (Except for the perp) My condolences to the injured and the survived families. I have to ask Barney, “Why is this story, as well as other non essential stories like “Some C.O. basketball games may get canceled if more referees aren’t found”, being kept alive but the story on the Big Mouthed left winged Anti-Gun lunatic “Alec Baldwin” shoots and kills somebody and it’s buried in 60 minutes or left. Are you going to try and tell the readers here that a shortage of referees is more news worthy than an anti-gun liberal shooting someone dead isn’t? Where’s your balance of reporting?

    1. Judgment calls. We’ve had Alec Baldwin story in top stories but it happened several days ago. Newer, local and regional news (Boise is not THAT far away) is going to be in top stories. Yes, we feature our reporter’s stories, of course.

    2. Although the end result is the same, there’s a world of difference between an accidental discharge of a firearm that wasn’t supposed to be loaded with ammunition (and had been cleared by the person in charge of insuring such) and a calculated, cold-blooded murder. If not, then we’d be convicting five-year-olds of murder for finding a pistol in mommy’s purse and shooting their sister.

    3. Why don’t you practice what your name preaches? You have the freedom to choose to get your news from a source that doesn’t give priority to local stories. There are plenty of other sources that cover the Baldwin accidental shooting in depth. Please, use your freedom to choose a GQP website that will help you rationalize why it is so much more important to you that Baldwin is a Lib instead of the loss of life.

    4. I read that the deceased cinematographer grew up on a Soviet military base and her husband is a lawyer associated with the Clintons. Should be lots of opportunity for conspiracy theories with all that…

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