Mall Evacuated After Black Friday Shooting

One person is in custody, police said.

A North Carolina mall was evacuated Friday afternoon after a shooting took place on the premises, police said.

Three people were shot on the second floor of the Southpoint Mall in Durham around 3:23 p.m., police said. The shooting victims included a 10-year-old who suffered a bullet ricochet injury that appears to be non-life-threatening, police said. The conditions of the other two shooting victims are unknown.

Additionally, three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries while evacuating the mall, police said.

One person is in custody, while others involved in the shooting fled the scene, according to the Durham Police Department.

Those involved in the shooting knew each other, and it “did not appear to be a random incident,” the department said in a statement.

The shooting occurred on one of the busiest shopping days of the year: Black Friday.

Shoppers recounted people running and screaming after hearing multiple gunshots.

“There were people being trampled, going up and down the escalator,” Aleaha Marr, who was shopping with a friend at the mall at the time of the shooting, told ABC Raleigh station WTVD.

“I’ll never come back to this mall again. I know that much,” she told the station. “The holidays, people should be happy for what they have. You shouldn’t be worrying about other people shooting other people.”

The mall is now closed for the day. There is no active threat at this time, the police department said Friday evening, though authorities urged the public to avoid the area.

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