San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa said he is in shock after four people were injured in a Tuesday afternoon shooting at a shopping mall in San Bruno.
San Bruno police reported at 4:19 p.m. that they are investigating a shooting at The Shops at Tanforan at 1150 El Camino Real. Canepa said no one has been arrested yet and two shooters are at large.
Canepa said two of the victims have been sent to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
Canepa described the shopping center as a decades-old, family-friendly mall that is relatively safe.
“Under no circumstance would I have thought that Tanforan would have a shooting within the mall.”
“This is truly, truly a tragedy.”
The San Mateo County coroner’s office said it has no information about the shooting, and police have not confirmed any fatalities. BART’s San Bruno station is closed but a bus bridge has been established from the South San Francisco station to San Francisco International Airport.
Service impacts on BART are systemwide. BART officials said the parking structure at the San Bruno BART station will be closed for some time and people will not be able to get to their vehicles. No estimate exists for when the parking structure will reopen.
BART’s 12th Street station in Oakland was also closed but is now open after police searched for a suspect on a train. A suspect was not found, but the search continues, according to BART police and Oakland police.
Canepa said words can’t explain his grief at another shooting in San Bruno, referring to last April’s shooting at YouTube headquarters, located about a mile away from the mall. In that incident, a 39-year-old woman believed to be the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and three others were shot and injured.
“This is a sad day and … I’m in shock that this would happen.”
“Two days before the Fourth of July, the last thing that you would expect is a shooting.”
Canepa, whose joint powers agency oversees the county Office of Emergency Services, praised law enforcement who responded to the shooting scene.
“Any shooting that takes place is unacceptable, but when you have multiple injuries – you have to applaud police.”