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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gunman Terrorizes Utah Shopping Mall

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- A shopping mall's winding hallways became a shooting gallery for a gunman in a trench coat who fired a shotgun randomly at customers, slaying five before being killed by police, authorities and witnesses said.

For hours after Monday evening's rampage at the Trolley Square mall, police searched stores for scared, shocked shoppers and employees who were hunkered down awaiting a safe escort.

Marie Smith, 23, a manager at the Bath & Body Works store, saw the gunman through the window. She watched as he raised his gun and fired at a young woman approaching him from behind.

"His expression stayed totally calm. He didn't seem upset, or like he was on a rampage," said Smith, who crawled to safety in an employee restroom to hide with others. She said the gunman looked like "an average Joe."

Authorities said they were unclear about a possible motive. Police did not immediately identify the gunman and declined to say how he died.

At least four people were hospitalized, three in critical condition and one in serious condition. Two of the critically injured were a 16-year-old man and a 50-year-old man, hospital spokesmen said.

Matt Lund was visiting his wife, Barbara, manager of a children's clothing store, when he heard the first shots.

The couple and three others hid in a storage room for about 40 minutes, isolated but still able to hear the violence. "We heard them say: 'Police! Drop your weapon!' Then we heard shotgun fire. Then there was a barrage of gunfire," said Lund, 44.

They said officers treated everyone like suspects, ordering those hiding in storerooms, bathrooms or under stairwells, to lie on the floor with their hands on their heads until police were sure no one posed a threat.

On the way out, Lund said, he saw a woman's body facedown at a shop entrance and a man's body on the floor in the mall's east-west corridor. "There were a lot of blown out store windows and shotgun shell casings all over the floor," Lund said.

The victims were found throughout the 22,200-square-meter shopping mall.

Outside, streets were blocked as police swarmed the scene. Dozens of people lingered on the sidewalk, many wrapped in blankets, as they talked about what they had seen inside.