Three people were shot dead on the second floor of Southpoint Shopping Center in Durham at around 3:23 p.m., police said. The victims of the shooting included a 10-year-old child who suffered a ricochet gunshot wound that does not appear to be life threatening, police said. The conditions of the two other shooting victims are unknown.
In addition, three people sustained non-life threatening injuries during the evacuation of the mall, police said.
One person is in custody, while others involved in the shooting have 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 took place on one of the busiest shopping days of the year: Black Friday.
Buyers said people were running and screaming after hearing several shots.
“There were people being trampled up and down the escalator,” said Aleaha Marr, who was shopping with a friend at the mall at the time of the shooting, at ABC Raleigh’s WTVD station.
“I will never come back to this mall again. I know that, ”she told the station. “Holidays, people should be happy for what they have. You shouldn’t worry about other people shooting other people. “
The mall is now closed for the day. There is no active threat at the moment, the police department said on Friday evening, although authorities urged the public to avoid the area.
ABC News’ Will Gretsky contributed to this report.