Panic erupted at a North Carolina mall filled with Black Friday shoppers when three people were shot — including a 10-year-old boy and three others injured in what authorities described as a fight between two groups.
Gunshots pierced the air at 3:23 p.m. inside The Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham, the city’s police chief, Patrice Andrews, said at a news briefing. Off-duty officers called in for assistance as fearful crowds ran toward the exits.
An unidentified child was hit by a bullet that ricocheted and was taken to a nearby hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries, Andrews said. No information was immediately available on the two others shot. Three people were also injured as they tried to flee what the chief called a fight between “two groups who knew each other.”
A North Carolina mall was evacuated after three people were reportedly shot on Friday afternoon.
“DPD is investigating a shooting incident at The Streets at Southpoint,” police in Durham, North Carolina tweeted Friday. “The mall is being evacuated and will be closed while DPD investigates the incident. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. There is no further threat at the mall.”
It has been confirmed that at least three people have been shot but there is no further threat at the mall, making this an isolated incident. However, the gun detonations did cause panic inside the mall in a day where hindreds of people attended for Black Friday shopping. As soon as the incident happened, the mall announced it will remain closed until further notice on its official website. There have been no reports of casualties thus far.
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