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Gunman kills 1 at Southern California mall, wounds himself

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Police said that a shooting inside a Thousand Oaks, CA left one woman dead and a man shot in an apparent murder-suicide attempt. Officials said that the two were divorced and had two children together.

Shoppers at a Southern California mall ran into stores and out the exits Saturday after authorities said a gunman shot and killed one person and then turned the gun on himself.

Law enforcement officers work in The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, Calif., about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Los Angeles on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Authorities said a gunman shot and killed one person and then turned the gun on himself at the shopping center on Saturday. (Gretchen Wenner/The Ventura County Star via AP)

The shooter was wounded and taken to a hospital, according to Ventura County fire Capt. Steve Swindle. He said there was no threat to the public. Shoppers had been locked down at The Oaks mall in the city of Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Los Angeles.

Law enforcement officers work in The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, Calif., about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Los Angeles on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Authorities said a gunman shot and killed one person and then turned the gun on himself at the shopping center on Saturday. (Gretchen Wenner/The Ventura County Star via AP)

Jeffrey Simpson, 17, was shopping with his mother at a department store when an announcement came over the intercom about a threat outside the mall.

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"I went to Nordstrom to get pants, and the next thing I know, the doors are being sealed," Simpson said.

He said he and his mom were "a little shaken" but OK. They were in the store for more than an hour but shoppers were free to move around and employees were helping people stay comfortable and calm, Simpson said.

Firefighters opened up a nearby fire station as a safety zone for shoppers.

A law enforcement officer walks through The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, Calif., about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Los Angeles on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Authorities said a gunman shot and killed one person and then turned the gun on himself at the shopping center on Saturday. (Gretchen Wenner/The Ventura County Star via AP)

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