Officials say that one person is now in custody after the violence broke out at the Boise Towne Square Mall in the Idaho city on Monday afternoon.
Boise Police Department said its officers were working their way through the mall to clear one business at a time.
“I cannot stress enough how traumatic this event is for the community at large as well as those who are witnesses or the families involved., said Boise PD chief Ryan Lee.
“We ask the community at large keep the families of the deceased in their thoughts and they also respect their privacy.”
Chief Lee said officer arrived at the shopping mall after reports of gunfire and one person being down.
And when law enforcement arrived they found a person matching the description of the suspect and their was an “echange of gunfire”, which left one officer wounded.
Earlier the department had stated: “Officers are responding to a report of shots fired at the mall on N. Milwaukee. People are asked to avoid the area. More information will be available here as it is confirmed.”
“Officers are continuing to secure the scene, there are multiple reports of injuries. One person is in custody.”
And they added: “Officers continuing to work their way though the mall to clear each business. It is expected to take a little while. We have no further information indicating additional threats at this time.”
It is not known the extent of the injuries suffered by the victims.
Idaho Governor Brad Little’s office has said that he aware of the incident and has been getting updates.
“Those injured in today’s unthinkable shooting at the Boise Towne Square Mall are in my prayers. The State of Idaho stands prepared to assist the Boise Police Department as they investigate the shooting,” said Mr Little on Twitter.
Several schools in the nearby area briefly went into a shelter in place mode while the incident was unfolding, but normal operations have now resumed.
“As we learn more about the events that unfolded this afternoon at Boise Towne Square, my heart goes out to the retail workers and security personnel who responded quickly and tried to keep customers and coworkers safe,” Holli Woodings, City of Boise council member, told KBOI.