Woman killed by self-inflicted gunshot wound in Horton Plaza mall

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A woman who fled from police through Westfield Horton Plaza mall Tuesday shot herself surrounded by shoppers in front of a Gap clothing store Tuesday afternoon, authorities reported.

The events that led to the shooting began about 11:30 a.m., when officers tried to pull over a vehicle the woman was driving at Broadway and Fourth Avenue in downtown San Diego, according to police.

The motorist refused to yield and pulled into a nearby parking structure at the downtown mall, SDPD public-affairs Joshua Hodge said. She then got out and off into the shopping center as patrol personnel detained her two passengers.

Officers were chasing the woman through the mall when she apparently shot herself in front of a third-floor Gap clothing store about 11:45 a.m.

No other injuries were reported.

Police and paramedics performed CPR on the woman at the scene before an ambulance crew took her to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest for further
lifesaving efforts, said Lee Swanson, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The woman’s name was not immediately available, and it was unclear why police tried to pull her over as she was driving near the shopping center.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available. 

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