Police: Glenbrook Mall shooting ‘not random’, possibly gang-related

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A shooting in the parking lot of Glenbrook Square Mall Friday left one man hurt and three days later, police continued to search for the shooter.

Fort Wayne police were called to an area outside the food court entrance around 6:15 p.m. for a reported shooting.

A man was found shot in the leg. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

FWPD Spokesman Officer Jason Anthony said an off-duty officer was working mall security in the food court and arrived to find the victim. The officer, who has not been identified, provided first aid and applied a tourniquet to the man’s leg. 

According to a Fort Wayne Police report released Monday, the officer noted there was a “large amount of blood” around the victim, identified as Faizon Washington. 

Newschannel 15 has learned that Washington is a suspected member of a Fort Wayne Street Gang. The 18-year-old is described by FWPD’s Gang and Violent Crimes Unit as a “known associate” of the 150 gang.

As the officer was treating Washington, he asked if he knew who shot him. Both Washington and a woman beside him said they did not know, though the woman described the shooter as a black man, 5-feet-5 tall and about 22 years old, the report said.

Glenbrook Mall initiated a lockdown until police could verify the area was safe for customers. Officers spoke to several witnesses and located shell casings in the parking lot. 

Police noted in the report that inside the mall, reports of an “active shooter” began to circulate, but they were found to be unsubstantiated.

It’s unclear how long the lockdown lasted, but police were able to determine everything was confined to the parking lot. An employee at a store inside the mall said officers were inside the mall with long guns but employees were not told what was going on by police. 

Police said Friday they hoped to obtain more details about what happened from potential witnesses and the victim.

Phone calls to the Glenbrook Square Mall office on Saturday went unanswered and a message left for managers was not immediately returned. A person who answered the phone at the security office told NewsChannel 15 to try back on Monday.

On Monday, NewsChannel 15 was forwarded to a vice president of GGP, the investment trust that invests in shopping centers and owns Glenbrook Square Mall. The following statement was issued Monday afternoon: 

“We worked with the local authorities following the isolated incident that occurred in the mall parking lot. This incident was resolved quickly to ensure our guests and tenants’ safety and business was not impacted. We are constantly evaluating our security procedures and we never publicly disclose our protocols because doing so could compromise our efforts. We always encourage guests to follow the rule, “if you See Something, Say Something.” On Friday evening, our security team and the Fort Wayne PD worked in collaboration to communicate with guests and tenants. All questions should be directed to the Fort Wayne Police Department for more information.”

NewsChannel 15 has also requested surveillance video from the mall but the request has not yet been granted.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

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