TUCSON, Ariz. – A shooting at a crowded Arizona restaurant in an upscale Tucson shopping mall left two men dead in an altercation Friday night involving three people who knew one another, authorities said.
A woman was shot in the leg and is expected to recover.
The shooting was contained to the Firebirds Wood Fired Grill restaurant in the La Encantada mall.
Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Cody Gress said the three victims of the Friday night shooting knew each other but had no information on their relationships. Police said multiple gunshots were fired from the same handgun.
He said investigators were trying to sort out what happened and provided little other information about the shooting.
Gress said detectives were interviewing “quite a few” people who were in the restaurant at the time.
“It looked like two gentlemen were fighting, it was hard to tell,” Laura Harder told KGUN-TV in Tucson. “I saw a gun come out and he just shot him in the head right in front of us.”
Harder said the restaurant was full when she noticed something was happening at a nearby table. After the shooting, she saw how the gunman grabbed the other man’s companion by the arm and pushed her down a hallway.
Harder heard two more gunshots while crawling on the ground for an exit.
“I assumed he had shot her,” she said.
As gunshots erupted, patrons began screaming and running out of the restaurant.
Toni Esquibel was celebrating her daughter’s 13th birthday with family and friends. They had just been served their meals when the commotion began and they took cover under their table.
“There were probably about 10 shots. It was pretty harrowing. Pretty harrowing, not fun for young girls to have to go through that kind of experience,” Esquibel said.
Thank God no one else was killed or injured.
The investigation is ongoing.
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