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Police: Victim in mall shooting 'uncooperative'

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 LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police say the victim in the shooting Tuesday evening at the Fashion Show Mall is not cooperating with police, even refusing to give his name. The suspect in the shooting is still at large.

Police say shooting happened outside the Top Shop store after an argument between two groups of young men, which started in the food court. Police say although some of the people involved have gang affiliation, the incident is not gang-related.

Police added this type of violence has been increasing around southern Nevada over the past several years.

"We got young men armed, dangerous and one says something to another and we don't know what that is and they go from zero to a high order of violence and start shooting," Sgt. John Sheahan said.

The victim, who was shot in the neck, drove himself to the hospital where he remains, Sheahan said.

He added that mall security, which is not armed, did respond quickly in contacting Metro.

"This was an isolated, violent incident that was spontaneous and abrupt and ended quickly," Sheahan said.

Fashion Show issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon regarding the shooting:

“Safety and security are always our priorities. We have a customized public safety program that entails many different measures for many different scenarios. We do not discuss the specifics of our security measures because by doing so we could compromise our efforts. Our retailers are equally committed to the safety and security of everyone who enters our center. In fact, last night, there was a coordinated effort—amongst Fashion Show, its retailers and Las Vegas Metro PD—to protect our shoppers. We will all continue to cooperate with Las Vegas Metro PD as it conducts its investigation of yesterday’s incident.”

Police are looking for the gunman and two other black males between the ages of 15 to their early 20's, Sheahan said.

Police are now scouring through security footage and talking with eyewitnesses. Anyone with information is being asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555.

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