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A horrified store owner saw a 17-year-old girl die in her store during a shooting at an El Paso mall.

A Grillz store owner described the horrific scene as she watched the death of a 17-year-old at her store during a shooting on Wednesday at the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas.

An altercation between four youths, who police said were in their late teens to 20s, broke out in front of the Greatest Grillz near the mall’s food court, owner Ana Garard told The Post on Friday.

“The child died here in the store; it was very hard,” she said.

The mall shooting hit the community hard and reopened old wounds as a 2019 mass shooting took place at a Walmart store just meters from the mall, where 23 people were killed by Patrick Crusius, who this week pleaded guilty to the murders at racial grounds. .

Garard said she doesn’t know what sparked Wednesday’s shootout, but she became violent when someone opened fire in front of her store, causing panic and chaos among shoppers.

A horrified store owner saw a 17-year-old girl die in her store during a shooting at an El Paso mall.
A 17-year-old child died in a shooting Wednesday at the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas.

After the shots were fired, the injured teenager ran to the luxury dental supply store where Garard worked and bled to death.

Garard, who also personally had to deal with the death of a child, said she could not provide more information about what happened before meeting with the mother of the deceased teenager.

“She contacted me through common people we know,” she said. “Before I say anything else, I want to give her the opportunity to ask what she wants. If I, as a mother, can help her in any way, I will give it to her.”

Greatest Grillz at Cielo Vista Mall
An altercation between four young men broke out in front of the Greatest Grills store before gunshots rang out near the food court.
MaryAnn Martinez/NY Post

Local police have yet to press charges against anyone after initially saying two people shot on the day of the incident.

A spokesman told The Post that the department is awaiting a ballistics examination and examination of the evidence.

A fight involving four people, two in each group, resulted in a shooting, the El Paso Police Department said at a press conference on Thursday, adding that no one but the four people was injured.

The names of the dead young man and the three wounded were not disclosed, as the rest remain in the hospital.

On August 3, 2019, a gunman whose hate-filled manifesto was uploaded online just moments before he entered a supermarket store with an AK-47 killed 23 victims simply because they were Hispanic.

scene near the mall
The name of the deceased young man has not been released.
Chris Churchess / LOCAL NEWS / TMX SWNS

Patrick Crusius pleaded guilty to 90 federal hate crime charges on February 8 after federal prosecutors spared him the death penalty. He could be executed by Texas if found guilty of imposing the death penalty on him in an upcoming state case.

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