Southpoint closed for the day after 3 people were shot, shopping center evacuated – .

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Southpoint closed for the day after 3 people were shot, shopping center evacuated – .


DURHAM, North Carolina (WTVD) – The streets of Southpoint closed one of the busiest shopping days of the year early after three people were shot on Friday, including a 10-year-old. jail. A weapon was recovered, police said.
On Friday afternoon, police and firefighters descended on the popular shopping destination at 6910 Fayetteville Road. Originally it was believed that one person had been shot, but ABC11 later learned that three people had been shot.The shooting was reported at 3:23 p.m. on the second floor of the mall. Durham Police officers off duty at the mall heard gunshots and called for help.

Police said at a press conference that three other people were injured during the evacuation. They were all treated for non-life threatening injuries.

“They were screaming. Everyone was trampling. Someone was even trampled on the ground. So we had to help them and pick them up, ”said an employee of a clothing store on the first floor.

WATCH: Michael Perchick with the last police efforts around the mall

The shooting occurred between two groups who knew each other, police said. The shooting was not random. Most of those involved fled, police said.

“We heard two shots. At first we thought it was a balloon bursting, then we saw everyone running. And then we did the same, ”said a UNC student who was shopping at the time of the shooting.

The mall has been locked out.

“Someone had a panic attack actually, and her mom was trying to calm her down but it wasn’t working. She was scared, ”said another store employee.

The 10-year-old was injured by a ricochet, police said and was taken to hospital with what police described as non-life threatening injuries.WATCH: Durham Police Chief provides update on shooting

The mall closed early. Officials said it will remain closed until further notice.

The County Durham Sheriff’s Office and Highway Patrol assisted Durham Police with traffic management.

Drivers and buyers are advised to avoid the area.

There is no longer a threat in the mall, police said. The incident remains an active investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Justice at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29119 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pay cash rewards for information leading to arrests in criminal cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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