Suspect Is Held in

Wash. Mall Shootings

TACOMA, Wash. -- A gunman opened fire inside a busy shopping mall Sunday, wounding at least six people and taking three others hostage in a music store before he surrendered to a SWAT team, authorities said.

Witnesses described seeing a clean-cut man walking backward through Tacoma Mall, firing a rifle. At least six people were injured, one critically, as shoppers and store clerks scrambled for cover.

Police spokesman Mark Fulghum said the suspect is 20 and lives in Tacoma, but had no other details or possible motives.

The gunman came out of the Sam Goody music store without a gun and surrendered to the SWAT team, Fulghum said. He said police were interviewing the victims and the three hostages -- two men and a woman -- to determine what happened during the nearly four hours he was inside.

Authorities said they began getting calls about 12:15 p.m. that shots had been fired inside the mall. The first caller said a gunman "was in the mall, walking along, firing," Fulghum said.

State Patrol and police units from nearby agencies clustered around an entrance at the south end.

Colo. Snowboarder

Found After 3 Days

DENVER -- His rescuers credited snowboarder John Ryan with doing all the right things to survive three days lost in the mountains, but he doubts he would have lasted another night.

"I did a lot of praying up there, praying that I would see my family again," Ryan, 31, said Sunday in a telephone interview from his bed at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. "I had no idea exactly where I was."

Ryan said he could lose some toes to frostbite because his feet were wet in the extreme cold. He was able to leave the hospital Sunday.

He was found Saturday, three days after he wandered outside the boundary of the Keystone Ski Resort into an area known as Jones Gulch, at about 11,000 feet. When he did not show up for work at a brewery in Longmont on Thursday night, his wife, Karyn, and fellow employees reported him missing.

* VENTURA, Calif. -- The hot, dry Santa Ana wind blew strongly again while firefighters battled a wildfire of nearly 4,000 acres that had burned through rough terrain above this oceanfront city. The fire was 90 percent contained Sunday night as more than 1,300 firefighters worked in the area between Ventura and Ojai, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Crews expected to surround the blaze by Tuesday evening. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

* NEW HILL, N.C. -- A pilot whose engine died looked around for a smooth emergency landing spot and spotted just what he needed -- a four-lane highway that was not busy. Frank H. Smith, 87, of Cary was flying his home-built aircraft at 8,500 feet when he lost power Saturday afternoon. He saw that traffic on U.S. 1 was light enough for him to land in the southbound lanes without endangering any vehicles, then put his plane down and coasted over to the side of the highway.

* HILLSDALE, Mich. -- The mayor who lost his reelection bid to a high school senior by two votes said he will not seek a recount, clearing the way for Michael Sessions, 18, to take the oath of office on Monday. Mayor Doug Ingles, 51, had filed for a recount, and it was scheduled for Dec. 5. But during a City Council meeting called to decide whether Sessions should be sworn in with a recount pending, Ingles said he will withdraw his request.

* DURHAM, N.C. -- Four men were killed and two wounded in a shooting Saturday night at a townhouse in an upscale Durham neighborhood. The victims' names were not immediately released, but neighbors said they appeared to be young professionals or college students.

-- From News Services