FORT WORTH, Texas – There was a heavy police presence midday Tuesday at Fort Worth’s Hulen Mall after a police chase ended near a mall parking lot.
Fort Worth police evacuated the property for an hour and escorted out shoppers and employees so they could search for two suspects. After an hour, police allowed the mall to reopen.
Fort Worth police said everything started at the Timber Ridge Apartment complex in southeast Fort Worth on Tuesday morning. That’s where someone fired gunshots injuring a tow truck driver who was attempting to repossess a vehicle.
That tow truck operator managed to make it to the 300 block of Bolen Road in nearby Kennedale and called for help from there. Witnesses from the shooting scene were also calling 911. That worker was injured and taken to the hospital and is in an unknown condition.
Police said an officer located a possible suspect vehicle about 15 minutes later on Rodeo Drive and that vehicle led officers on a chase from Interstate 20 to Hulen Mall. The chase ended near the Macys parking lot.
There were five people in the car, with three arrested by officers and two others who were able to flee. That resulted in the evacuation of the mall.
The entire mall was shut down for just over an hour while police conducted a sweep trying to locate the suspects. They did not and are uncertain if they ever entered the mall. They did find a gun in the area outside the mall where the vehicle came to a stop.
There were no shots ever being fired inside the mall or any injuries related to the search of the mall.
Footage from SKY4 showed police focused on a silver sedan along the edge of the mall property that appeared to have crashed into bollards.