Shooting prompts lockdown at Brandon mall, 1 person injured

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BRANDON — The Westfield Brandon mall was briefly on lockdown Friday afternoon after a shooting outside the mall that injured one person, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the Westfield Brandon mall, 459 Brandon Town Center Dr., Brandon, after receiving reports of a shooting around 4:13 p.m., Deputies learned that two men were arguing near the Club Vape kiosk, according to a news release from the agency.

The men continued their argument outside the mall, then one of the men shot the other, the release said.

The man who was shot is at Tampa General Hospital with an injury that is not believed to be life-threatening, the Sheriff’s Office said. The shooter fled.

After the shooting, the mall was placed on lockdown; that was lifted a short time later, deputies said. The length of lockdown was not specified in the release.

There is no threat to the public, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and detectives believe the two men knew each other. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200. Those who want to provide a tip anonymously may call Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS.