Police are investigating reports of a shooting at a North Carolina mall that had shoppers screaming and fleeing to safety Saturday afternoon.
Though witnesses say they heard gunshots, police have not determined whether there was a shooter at the Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh.
“It was a stampede,” said Carol Everette, 41, who was dress-shopping at the mall with her family right before the commotion. “We heard shots, several shots. I was grabbing my son’s arm and running.” Everette found refuge in a nearby GameStop store, where she huddled and prayed with other shoppers for more than an hour before being escorted out of the mall.
Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said officers responded to a call at 2:35 p.m. about gunshots fired near the Lush store at Crabtree Valley Mall. She said that no one was shot and no shell casings were found, but eight people were transported to the local hospitals for minor injuries that apparently occurred during the scramble to safety.
“At this time, we do not have anyone in custody,” Deck-Brown said. Investigators are looking into “all possibilities” including fireworks and other sources of popping sounds.
Tony Rice, an engineer and contributor with WRAL-TV in Raleigh, was hunkered down with his family in the ThinkGeek store. He tweeted out photos from the scene.
Source: USA Today | Carly Mallenbaum