Authorities at Boise City Hospital confirm that Dr. Elias Abuelazam has died from injuries he sustained after being shot at the Boise Mall Monday. Authorities say that Dr. Abuelazam remained conscious and responsive throughout his hospitalization, and that a law enforcement officer administered CPR at the scene.
Authorities continue to search for the shooter who opened fire Monday in Boise’s mall.
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A gunman who opened fire Monday at the Boise Mall in Idaho apparently intended to shoot himself, but was injured and injured himself instead when he realized his gun didn’t fire.
“He shot the mall clerk, because he figured he was safe and that she would be out of the way,” Assistant Chief Pete Fredman of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office told the Idaho Statesman. “He couldn’t get to the doorman and he didn’t think he could find the store manager.”
Instead, after shooting and injuring a clerk at the Broadway Cinema, Scott Henningstrom, 31, went around the back of the theater and appeared to fire at the manager. Henningstrom apparently told the manager that he meant to shoot himself, officials said.
Police officers came to the scene, exchanging gunfire with Henningstrom and fatally wounding him, Ada County Undersheriff Paul Shipley said.
Henningstrom had a court order against him, which was not immediately known, Frederman said.
The attack Monday left the mall cordoned off to protect shoppers and employees who might be hiding. The mall reopened Tuesday, with extra security. The Boise Grand Hotel canceled a press conference scheduled for Monday evening, citing security concerns and the ongoing investigation.