BRAINTREE (CBS) -- A man who was shot inside the South Shore Plaza on Saturday has died, the Norfolk District Attorney's Office announced Monday. The victim has been identified as Dijoun Beasley, 26, of Dorchester.
According to the D.A., Beasley was shopping inside a store on the main floor of the mall when he was shot. The suspect was able to run away and has not been located.
I-Team sources say a man seen in a surveillance photo wearing a black face mask and holding a gun in his right hand is the suspect in Saturday's shooting.
"If two people that hate each other, come into contact with each other, and they have weapons, it's almost impossible to stop [a shooting.] It could happen anywhere," WBZ security analyst Ed Davis said.
According to prosecutors, Saturday's incident was not random.
Cell phone video shows shoppers running for safety and dozens of police along with heavily armed swat teams and dogs.
This was the third shooting in five years at the mall.
Just weeks ago, Jose Rodriquez pleaded guilty to shooting a teenage girl in 2020. And in 2017, police arrested a man after a gang shooting.
Davis said malls and store owners train for incidents like these. "We're seeing robbery gangs, we're seeing active shooters, we're seeing incidents where one person shoots another person or violently attacks on someone," he told the I-Team. "Malls are like the public square so everyone uses them."
The Auburn mall has also been the scene of violence. A stabbing in 2020 left a man critically injured.
In 2016 one of the worst cases of violence – four people were injured after a man went on a stabbing spree at Silver City Galleria in Taunton. Two of the victims died.
Shoppers can protect themselves in these situations, by being aware of your surroundings, know where the exits are and know you can run through a store and get out a back door, Davis said. It all comes down to having a plan to deal with any kind of emergency that may pop up."
Sources said investigators have strong leads for who shot Beasley.
The I-Team did reach out to Beasley's family but no one responded.
Anyone with information should call Braintree Police Detectives at 781-794-8620, contact Mass State Police Detectives at 781-830-4990, or e-mail email@example.com.
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