Officers arrived at the scene after 3:30 p.m. and found a man with a gunshot wound, RCMP said. He was rushed to hospital for treatment of his life-threatening injuries.
At least two bullet holes could be seen in a building near Sport Chek and Toys “R” Us.
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“It was just chaos,” said Dawn Muckle, who was shopping at Nordstrom Rack with her child.
“We were next in line for the cashier and an announcement came over our heads saying, ‘We have been made aware of an emergency. We’re going to need you to direct you to the back of the store.
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“I just got this feeling. I looked at the cashier and said, “Is there a shooter outside? And she said, “Yes. You must leave.’ “
As she moved, she heard people say “duck down, duck down”.
“It was very surreal,” she said.
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The area around the scene will be cordoned off for a “significant period of time,” police said.
RCMP said they are also investigating a vehicle fire at a berry farm in Aldergove. Police said it was too early to say whether the fire was linked to the Willowbrook Mall incident.