Two dead, one injured in shooting at La Encantada Mall
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Two men were killed and a woman was injured Friday night, April 14, in a shooting inside a restaurant at La Encantada Mall in Tucson, authorities said.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department confirmed the men died at the scene in Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. The woman was shot in the leg and was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The Tucson Fire Department and the PCSD confirmed Frederick Bair, a fire captain with the TFD, was the shooter in Friday's incident. Authorities have said Bair knew the other man and woman, but their identities have not been released.
"After speaking with witnesses, deputies determined the incident was isolated to the restaurant and no other bystanders were injured as a result of the shooting," the PCSD said in a news release. "At this point in the investigation it appears that one handgun was used. This was not a random incident and involved no other parts of the mall or surrounding establishments."
PCSD spokesman Dep. Cody Gress said the shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. in the bar area at Firebirds.
Several witnesses told KOLD News 13 they heard 10 shots before seeing a man turn the gun on himself. Others said they saw a man held down by others inside the restaurant.
Toni Escuibel, who was at the restaurant with family and friends to celebrate her daughter's 13th birthday, said the scene was chaotic.
"My husband turned around and said, 'Everybody under the table,'" Escuibel said. "(We) heard some screaming some scuffling up at the bar. There were probably about 10 shots – and it was pretty harrowing. Pretty harrowing, not fun for young girls to have to go through that kind of experience."
Witnesses said after the shots, Firebirds employees started ushering people out the back door and to safety.
"They ushered everybody to safety and (it was) very orderly. I have to tell you that wait staff, the people inside Firebirds, did a great job handling everything," she said. "But now the aftermath, I have four very scared young women in the back of my car."
Barbara Sparrow, who was eating with her family at a nearby restaurant, said she saw several people running from Firebirds while crying and screaming.
Sparrow said the restaurant she was in, RA Sushi Bar and Restaurant, went on lockdown and people sheltered in the kitchen and office area. She says people were very scared because no one really knew what was happening and there were rumors about an active shooter or hostage situation.
Sparrow said the shooting has shaken the tight-knit Foothills community.
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