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One dead, one critically injured in shooting outside San Diego mall

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San Diego police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened in the early hours of Tuesday outside a Macy's at the Westfield Mission Valley Mall.

A woman was killed and a man critically injured in a shooting outside a San Diego mall in the early morning hours of Tuesday, police said.

The female victim who died called 911 at 1:15 a.m. local time from the parking lot of Macy’s in the Westfield Mission Valley Mall, said San Diego Police Lt. Mike Hastings.

Police arrived a short time later to find a woman in her 20s with gunshot wounds to the head, and a man, also in his 20s, with gunshot wounds to the head and torso inside a vehicle, Hastings said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man was transported to a local hospital with “life-threatening injuries,” Hastings said.

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Hastings said the investigation was underway.

“We’re not able to talk to our victims,” but “there were some witnesses and they’re being interviewed right now,” Hastings said. Investigators were also in the process of obtaining and analyzing surveillance video, he said.

“We have a lot of evidence to look at,” said Hastings, adding that detectives did not want to prematurely determine whether the shooting was random or the victims knew the shooter. 

The suspect is male, wearing tan pants and was driving a dark gray Honda, Hastings said.

Although Macy’s website listed that the Westfield Mission Valley Mall Macy’s would close at 10 p.m. Monday night, Hastings said he believed the store was open at the time of the shooting for extended holiday shopping.