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El Paso mall shooting suspect stopped by citizen with gun, police say

The 16-year-old suspect reportedly used a stolen weapon.

Published: February 19, 2023 8:01am

Updated: February 19, 2023 3:53pm

The 16-year-old suspected of killing one person and injuring three others after opening fire in a Texas mall on Wednesday was stopped by a citizen legally carrying a firearm, the El Paso Police Department said.

Emanuel Duran, 32, shot the teen suspect believed to be responsible for the death of Angeles Zaragoza, 17, in the Cielo Vista Mall, police said Friday.

"As soon as the shooting ended, the 16-year-old suspect began to run and was pointing the gun toward the direction of bystanders, including 32-year-old Emanuel Duran, a Licensed to Carry Holder. As the suspect ran toward Duran and bystanders, Duran drew his handgun and shot the suspect," law enforcement said. 

After stopping the suspect, Duran and an off-duty El Paso police officer rendered aid to him and the other people who were injured. The suspect is in stable condition, officials said.

The suspect, who is not being named due to his age, also allegedly wounded a 17-year-old Hispanic male, a 20-year-old Hispanic male and a 15-year-old boy, according to local outlet KTSM.

"It's always concerning especially when a 16-year-old has a stolen handgun and fires a weapon inside a very crowded mall. It's very concerning, it's very disturbing actually," El Paso police Sergeant Robert Gomez said.

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