Black Friday shoppers were seen running for cover after a suspected gunman terrorized people at a shopping mall in Durham, North Carolina, which was crowded with shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving.
Three people were shot in the chaos and three others injured during the incident, which occurred following an apparent fight on Friday at a crowded mall in Durham.
The shooting happened at around 3:20pm. Three people were hurt during the evacuation including a 10-year-old who was hurt by a bullet ricocheting. The child was taken to a local hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening.
Authorities said in the late afternoon that one person was detained and there was no further threat to the public. A bystander described ‘mass hysteria’ on one of the busiest shopping days of the year as shoppers ducked into stores for cover or ran for the exits.
‘DPD is investigating a shooting incident at The Streets at Southpoint,’ police in Durham, North Carolina, tweeted on 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.’
‘The shootings in this city have got to stop,’ said Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews who revealed the shooting happened after an argument broke out between two groups who knew each other.
She said another three people were injured as shoppers rushed for exits following the shooting.
She said those involved in the fight that led to the shooting fled, but she vowed more arrests adding there was no further threat to the public.
‘This is not a situation where someone came into the mall and indiscriminately began firing,’ she said.
The mall said on its website that it was closed until further notice but did not elaborate.
Across the country, another shooting occurred outside a Walmart store in Washington State.
Several shots were reportedly fired outside the store in Kennewick in southeast Washington State at around 12.30pm local time on Friday afternoon.
It’s not known if anyone was hurt or for how long the shooting went on for but one eyewitness is said to have heard six shots fired.
Police explained how the suspect tired to steal merchandise but was confronted by a security guard in the parking lot at which point the man pulled out a weapon.
The loss prevention officer who also had a gun then shot the armed suspect who fled.