Hundreds of people lived through moments of terror in a shopping center in North Carolina, in the United States, when two armed groups fought the bullets. The result was three injured people, including a 10-year-old boy.
Durham Police Chief, Patrice Andrews, explained to the press that the shooting happened at approximately 3:20 p.m. (local time) on the second floor of The Streets at Southpoint shopping center.
“This is not a situation where someone walked into the mall and just started shooting indiscriminately,” he detailed at a conference.
It also indicated that the injured 10-year-old boy was indirectly hit by a bullet that ricocheted. He clarified that the injuries would not pose a risk of death.
Regarding those involved in the confrontation, he pointed out that the majority escaped after the incident and that there is only a detained person, as well as one of the weapons used was recovered.
Police officers arrived at the scene to interview witnesses and to request the building’s security cameras, in order to identify the protagonists.
The Chief of Police complained about the repetition of similar situations that occurred in North Carolina: “The shootings in this town have to end. It has to stop”.
“I only heard gunshots, and as soon as that happened, everyone turned around and they started running and screaming. Some people ran into the tents, others almost crawled into the tents. It was like mass hysteria, ” said Angela Lloyd, a witness to the event.
During the evacuation of the mall, other three people suffered minor injuries and they were treated by health personnel who came to the scene in ambulances.
“DPD is investigating a shooting incident at The Streets in Southpoint. The mall is being evacuated and will be closed while DPD investigates the incident. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. There are no further threats at the mall,” he posted Durham Police Twitter account.
For its part, the company that owns the establishment lamented the fact: “Streets at Southpoint is a destination for the community to come together. We are saddened and outraged that we were the site of an act of violence so foolish among a group of people. “
Shooting at a Tacoma Mall
At least one person was injured in the middle of a shooting that took place in a shopping center in Tacoma, in the state of Washington, United States.
As reported by Sergeant Darren Moss Jr. of the Pierce County Police Department, there were several calls to 911 shortly after 7 p.m. alert about shots occurred at the Tacoma Mall.
Immediately, more than 60 police officers came to the scene, while customers locked themselves in stores to protect themselves.
Witnesses claimed to have heard five to 14 shots, according to local press.
The motive for the shooting is still unknown and the person who fired the shots has not been identified.
The truth is that there were moments of panic in the Tacoma Mall is the largest shopping center in the city and has more than 100 stores.
With information from agencies