MURRAY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Visitors at Fashion Place Mall were concerned at the lack of urgency and delayed response from employees after a fire alarm went off shortly before a gang-related shooting Sunday afternoon.
In cell phone video obtained from witnesses, the fire alarm could be heard before the shooting occurred.
“The alarm that went off at Fashion Place Mall was actually an inadvertent alarm that they’ve been having trouble with for a couple of days,” said Ofcr. Kenny Bass with the Murray Police Department. “It just happened to be going off prior to the verbal altercation and continued until they (suspects and victims) went outside. So the alarm actually has nothing to do with the shooting itself.”
Mall employees told ABC4 News after evacuating the mall that false fire alarms go off often, as frequently as once a day. That’s why Sunday afternoon’s fire alarm didn’t initially concern them.
“Ten minutes later, there was another alarm that went off that we never heard before,” said Sam Stapely, an employee at J. Crew. “It said, ‘Evacuate or seek shelter.'”