The Puyallup Police Department made an announcement on Sunday evening that they had taken into custody two juveniles who were armed at the South Hill Mall.
Officers were dispatched to the mall at approximately 2:10 p.m. in response to allegations of two individuals wearing complete masks and holding a shotgun in the parking lot of the mall’s movie theatre. According to the police, the incident was reported.
According to authorities, an off-duty Air Marshal supervisor was in the mall when they noticed two black guys wearing masks posing and making what they believed to be “gang hand-signs” while taking pictures near a car that was parked in the parking lot.
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It appeared as though one of the males, who was holding the shotgun, hid it in one of the surrounding bushes. After that, the two went inside the shopping centre while the supervisor of the Air Marshal service followed them while talking on the phone with the police.
The males, a 15-year-old from Tacoma and a 17-year-old from Spanaway, ran away when officers from the Puyallup Police Department arrived, but they were apprehended across the street from the movie theatre. The police reported that the shotgun had been placed back into the vehicle with which the youths were affiliated; however, the 17-year-old did have a semi-automatic Glock handgun in his waistband at the time.
Both teenagers were taken into custody and put into Remann Hall on two charges each of juvenile possession of a firearm and impeding law enforcement. The vehicle was seized so that a search warrant could be executed on it.