Burglar shot his way out of South Hill Mall Macy’s as he tried to make his escape

A burglar trying to escape South Hill Mall shot out several storefronts early Tuesday, police said.

Police were called about 6 a.m. after people at a nearby transit center reported hearing gunfire coming from inside the mall.

The 22-year-old suspect likely entered the mall through the roof and shot up four storefronts to steal items.

Officers arrived on scene just as the man shot out the doors at Macy’s. The Milton resident was taken into custody.

Although a few employees were inside the mall at the time of the incident, no one was injured.

The mall opened an hour late Tuesday due to the investigation and widespread crime scene.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.