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Police Search For Suspect Near Scene Of Torrance Mall Shooting; Unclear If Related

TORRANCE (CBSLA) — Police and SWAT units swarmed a Torrance apartment complex this afternoon near the scene of Monday's shooting at the Del Amo Fashion Center.

Carson St. at Madrona Ave. remained shutdown at 6 p.m. due to police activity in the area.

At one point, officers placed a male resident of the apartment complex in the back of a cruiser. He was later released.

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Neighbors say they were alarmed.

"The apartment they were searching ... we share a wall with them," said Nash Hurtarte. "They were yelling for quite a while ... nobody was coming out."

Residents were later allowed back into their apartments.

Police say they recovered evidence from a nearby parking lot but have not released details about who they were looking for Tuesday or what they found.

A spokesperson for the Torrance Police Dept. said a suspect was outstanding but would not confirm if the search was related to Monday's shooting at the Del Amo Fashion Center that left one person wounded, prompted a massive police response and the lockdown of a nearby school.

Police received a report of shots fired around 3 p.m. Monday at the mall in the 3500 block of West Carson St., according to Torrance Police Department Sgt. Ronald Harris.

Responding officers found one person with a gunshot wound at the scene and transported the victim.

Police Officer Craig Durling says it's believed the attacker fled the mall but most stores were locked down while police conducted a search.

The suspect in the mall shooting is described as a Hispanic male, age 20-25, with a shaved head, wearing a black shirt and checkered shorts. Anyone with information regarding that incident is encouraged to contact the Torrance Police Dept. at (310) 328-3456.

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