A local business owner is in stable condition at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle today after being shot in the head Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of the Nugget Mall, police said today.
Tuyet Hagerup, 44, owner of the Big Dipper Ice Cream store at the mall, received a gunshot wound to the left side of her head sometime around 3:15 p.m. Thursday in the vicinity of the east entrance of the mall, police said.
An employee at the mall, who did not want to be identified, said he was at the scene when the woman was injured but didn't see or hear a gunshot.
"A woman came running into the store screaming someone's hurt and they're down between two cars in the parking lot just laying there and to get help," he said.
"She thought she had fallen out of her car and cracked her head open or something. But when I went out there and there was just a lot of blood ... it looked pretty bad," he said.
Rescue workers arrived to find Hagerup bleeding severely from the head. She was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital where doctors found a gunshot wound to the left side of her head.
Sheryl Washburn, patient care administrator for Bartlett, said Hagerup was somewhat responsive and speaking when she came into the hospital. She was airlifted to Harborview at about 11 p.m. Thursday and will undergo surgery there later today.
Police Capt. Tom Porter said the victim, whom mall management identified as Hagerup, is in stable condition. Porter said there are no suspects and no evidence at this time.
Bud Jaeger, property manager at the mall, said he has no information on what happened. He said security guards who walk inside and outside of the mall didn't see anything. Jaeger said he has no plans to increase security at the mall.
Porter is asking anyone with information who was at the mall near the crime scene from 3-3:30 p.m. Thursday to contact the police at 586-0600.
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