The shooting unfolded as two robbers tried to get away from a Kay Jewelers outlet at the Rolling Oaks Mall, Police Chief William McManus told reporters in a video posted on the city’s Facebook page.
Two bystanders tried to intervene. One was shot and killed by one of the robbers, and the other bystander, who was licensed to carry a concealed firearm, shot and wounded the other suspect, who was later hospitalized, McManus said.
The other robber ran through the mall, firing his gun as he fled, shooting six people. San Antonio police said he was later caught.
“What we have here is a robbery gone really, really bad,” McManus said. “It’s absolutely senseless. This is the second time that a Good Samaritan was killed trying to intervene in a crime.”
The six shoppers and the robber who was shot were hospitalized in undetermined condition, the police chief said. Their identities were not immediately disclosed.
The mall, located in the northwestern part of the city, was locked down, with shoppers and store employees held inside stores while police hunted for the second suspect. Shoppers were evacuated from the mall.
In November, a person who tried to stop a woman from being assaulted was shot to death outside a San Antonio Walmart that was packed with holiday shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving.