Police make arrest in Manchester mall shooting
MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) - Police made an arrest after a mall shooting in Manchester Friday.
A loss prevention officer suffered a gunshot wound at the Buckland Hills Mall.
Richard LaPlante, 30, of Windsor, turned himself in to police Saturday night.
LaPlante is charged with criminal attempt/ murder, assault first-degree, robbery first-degree, and carrying a pistol without a permit.
He is held on a $1 million bond.
Police said the loss prevention officer is still in the hospital.
Police say the victim was reportedly shot in the parking outside Macy’s men’s store, but when they arrived on scene, they found the victim inside the entrance of the mall.
Macy’s released a statement about what happened.
“We are deeply saddened about the incident that took place today at Macy’s Pavilions at Buckland Hills,” said Stephanie Jimenez, communications associate, Macy’s Inc. “The safety of our customers and our colleagues is Macy’s top priority. We are working closely with the local police department on this investigation and defer all comments about the case to them per policy.”
The officer was shot in the abdomen and was taken to Hartford Hospital. Officials say he is still in Hartford Hospital.
Police say the victim is a 27-year-old man who was a Loss Prevention Officer with Macy’s.
According to preliminary information, the officer was attempting to confront a shoplifter.
State police said they were assisting.
They said they were dispatched to the surrounding area of the highway and were provided with details of the incident.
Channel 3 spoke with a group of teenagers who were shopping at the mall when the shooting occurred.
Amanda Bengston from South Windsor was shopping with friends at H&M. They say they stayed in the back room for a while.
“They locked us into the back room and they gave us the option tot leave but at that point there was nobody in the mall. It was right after it happened,” says Bengtston.
Some shoppers say they didn’t know there was a shooting. One father, who was shopping with his family, found out about the shooting when Channel 3 asked for comment.
He called his mom who was inside the mall with his kids.
“Hey mom come to the car. There’s been a shooting in the mall. Come to the car please,” he says on the phone.
He wanted to see his family. Within minutes, his mother and two kids came outside.
Channel 3 also spoke with a mall employee. He says this incident shocked him.
“I’ve been working at this mall for like 7 to 8 years so I know this mall. It never really happens here so it’s like shocking to me,” says Anthony Tiggett from Hartford.
There was no threat to the public, police said.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Hearn at (860) 645-5549, or the Manchester Police Department at (860) 645-5500.
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