An unknown gunman opened fire in the U.S. city of Evanston, Illinois, killing five people and injuring two more.
At 5:30 p.m. Saturday local time, police received a report of a shooting. When law enforcement officers arrived on the scene, the suspect took the woman hostage and then shot her.
The victim was taken to the hospital. The assailant was wounded in a shootout with police officers. He later died in hospital.
Earlier it was reported that in the U.S. town of Milpitas, California, an unidentified man shot at a shopping center before Christmas. The intruder shot the man in the mall, after which panic ensued. Police officers arrived on the scene and ordered everyone to calm down, not to leave the mall and to lock themselves in the pavilions. The wounded man was hospitalized.