- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Police suspect a 63-year-old woman wounded by gunfire Friday outside a Savannah shopping mall was resisting a group of robbers when one of the attackers shot her.

The shooting Friday morning outside the Savannah Mall happened in the front parking lot between the mall’s two main retailers, Target and Bass Pro Shop. Investigators were looking for four men who fled the scene in a black Lexus sedan with tinted windows, said Savannah-Chatham County police spokesman Sonny Cohrs.

The woman was shot once and suffered serious injuries, Cohrs said. She was taken to a local hospital. Her name was not immediately released. Cohrs said he did not know if the victim was a shopper or a mall employee.

“It appears to be a robbery,” Cohrs said. “They were trying to rob her, it looks like, and she was fighting with them and then she was shot.”

It was the second time this year that gunfire has brought police to the Savannah Mall, where national retailers rent space alongside local businesses, including an antiques shop and a tattoo parlor. Several of the mall’s storefronts are vacant.

On March 3, a man fired a handgun into the air over the parking lot outside the mall’s food court. No one was injured. Police described that incident as a Craigslist deal gone bad, saying the shooter had come to the mall to finalize the sale of a computer he had negotiated online. The prospective buyer grabbed the computer and ran away, police said, prompting the seller to draw his gun and fire a warning shot.

Entrances to the Savannah Mall are marked with signs that say “no weapons.”

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