3 people were wounded in an exchange of gunfire at a shopping mall in North Carolina

At least three people were wounded and a school was locked down Tuesday after an exchange of gunfire at a shopping mall in Durham, North Carolina.

Staff members called 911 after hearing multiple gunshots, according to The News & Observer of Raleigh. One witness said she could hear at least five shots ring out. The initial reports said two people were killed and two others were wounded, and investigators said they did not know what led to the shooting.

An East Durham Foothills Unified School District administrator said the school was locked down after officers learned about the shooting.

“Because of the type of weapons used and the proximity to a school, there was some concern that people may be shot in and around the shopping center,” Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said at a news conference, according to The News & Observer. “We asked other agencies to assist with a large response.”

The shopping center — known as Southern Hills Mall — includes several local eateries, including Johnny Rockets, Bravo Studio Grill and BurgerFi. Some employees reportedly worked from home, since the rest of the store was locked down.

One of the shooting victims was shot in the neck and the other in the leg. Both victims were taken to an area hospital and are in stable condition. The third victim, who suffered a graze wound to the head, was treated and released from the hospital.

“I did see people running, screaming and running,” Eshzadian Shivani, who was working at BurgerFi at the time of the shooting, told The News & Observer. “A large group of people with their heads down, afraid to look back. People just taking cover.”

Read the full story at The News & Observer.


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