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One man dead after shooting inside Ocala shopping mall

Ocala Police Department are on scene at Paddock Mall on College Road in Ocala. According to OPD, a shooting inside the mall left one man dead and one woman injured on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023.
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Ocala Police Department are on scene at Paddock Mall on College Road in Ocala. According to OPD, a shooting inside the mall left one man dead and one woman injured on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023.

One man was killed and a woman injured in what Ocala Police said was a targeted shooting inside a shopping mall in Ocala on Saturday.

The shooting occurred during a busy time for holiday shopping with Christmas just two days away.

According to a Facebook post from the Ocala Police Department, multiple shots were fired in Paddock Mall around 3:40 p.m. By the time authorities arrived, the shooter had fled the scene.

The post said there is “heavy police presence” in the mall, as they conduct a secondary sweep of the area.

Police said that anyone who was present during the shooting or has information to call Ocala Crime Stoppers at 352-368-7867.

This is a developing story. WMFE will update it as details become available. 

Lillian Hernández Caraballo is a Report for America corps member.

Lillian (Lilly) Hernández Caraballo is a bilingual, multimedia journalist covering housing and homelessness for WMFE, as a Report for America corps member.
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