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May 29, 2006
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Off-duty deputy kills Oklahoma City mall shooter

The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY- A young man opened fire in a busy mall Saturday, injuring a teen before the man was shot and killed by an off-duty sheriff's deputy, authorities said.

The shooting occurred near the entrance to a department store, but there were no other injuries, said Oklahoma County sheriff's spokesman Mark Myers. The motive for the shooting was not known, he said.

The deputy, who was working as a security guard at the Crossroads Mall, was taking a break when "he heard a commotion downstairs, kind of like a couple of guys fighting, then he heard a gunshot," Myers said.

The deputy, whose name was not released, went to a railing and looked down to the first floor of the mall where he saw a young man with a gun.

"He turned around with the gun, our deputy shot him, killed the person with the gun," Myers said.

The wounded boy was taken to a nearby hospital in fair condition, according to ambulance company spokeswoman Lara O'Leary.

The identities of the two youths were not immediately released.

Oklahoma City police have been asked to assist in the investigation into the shooting, Myers said.

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