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Police: Assault Rifle Used in Florida Mall Shooting, One Man Dead


Police in Fort Myers, Fla. said one man is dead after a shooting with high-powered assault rifles at a crowded Florida mall Friday night.

More than 100 rounds were fired when an unknown number of assailants pulled up in a car beside two men in the Edison Mall parking lot and started shooting.

One of the men was killed. The other was not hit, CNN reported.

Lt. Jay Rodriguez of the Fort Myers Police Department said shell casings were found up and down two rows of the parking lot, suggesting the attackers were targeting a man "as he was running towards the mall."

"Three vehicles were completely shot up. The wall of the mall was shot up pretty good," he told CNN, adding that the mall was swarming with thousands of holiday shoppers.

According to local NBC affiliate WBBH-TV, police believe the man who was killed had around 50 to 60 rounds shot at him.

"I was at entrance of the door. I heard popping and thought it was fireworks. But I said, 'No, that is not fireworks,'" witness Frank Eramo told WBBH.

Police are still looking for the suspects. The motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.

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