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Danbury Police give update on mall shooting investigation

Danbury Police say a 15-year old girl was shot Wednesday night at Danbury Mall.  Police initially said the bystander was a 16 year old, but further investigation determined that she was part of the group. As of Thursday, the teen remains in stable condition at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Her identity is being withheld. It remains unclear if she was the intended target.

An altercation between two groups spilled out into the public around 7pm.  At least 8 people were involved in the incident with another group near the Macy's entrance.

Chief Patrick Ridenhour says one person brandish a handgun and fired one round.  Ridenhour said last night that a white male ran from the scene carrying a hammer, and was believed to be the target. 

The mall was immediately placed on lockdown.  

Police reviewed video footage from the mall, for about an hour. They did see confirmation that the group left the mall.  Police say the gunman is believed to be a dark skinned male, possibly in his early teens, with a thin build and shoulder-length dreadlocks.

Police believe he will be identified soon, but encourage him to turn himself in.

Ridenhour says they still believe this was an isolated incident and that there is no risk to the general public at this time. 

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