Friend who lives blocks away just sent this to me. Malls becoming more and more unsafe.
: (Boca police study tapes for clues in mall shooting
Published December 14th, 2007
By Dale M. King
Boca Raton police are poring over surveillance tapes from cameras in the parking lot of the Town Center mall to find evidence in the robbery and shooting death of a mother and her 8-year-old daughter.
The bodies of Nancy Boccicchio, 47, and daughter, Joey Boccicchio-Hauser, were found in their Chrysler Aspen SUV shortly after midnight Thursday.
“The Boca Raton Police Department is working an apparent robbery/homicide that occurred in the south parking lot of Sears at Town Center mall,” said police spokeswoman Sandra Boonenberg.
She said the bodies were found by a mall security detail that noticed the 2007 SUV was in the parking lot with the engine running.
Police said the case may be related to another robbery in August in which a woman and her 2-year-son were carjacked and robbed at gunpoint from the parking garage near Nordstrom, but were not hurt, a police report said.
Mall Manager Joe Cilia issued a statement saying Town Center is cooperating fully with police. Videotapes from on-property closed circuit cameras have been shared with authorities.
He also said a “substantial security presence” will be maintained at the mall.
“All of us at Town Center are deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy, as is all of our community,” Cilia said. “We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Bochicchio family.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Boca Raton police at 561-338-1352.