The Latest: Witness says argument preceded mall shots


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the situation after shots were fired in a Raleigh mall (all times local):

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5:00 p.m.

A person inside a busy North Carolina mall says he saw a shooting unfold after an argument in the food court and that he heard as many as four shots.

Antonio Richardson told The Associated Press that he was standing at the entrance to a clothing store Saturday afternoon in Crabtree Valley Mall when he saw two men who appeared to be in their early 20s arguing in the food court.

He says he saw one of them pull out a gun and begin shooting. As he was running away, he says he heard as many as four shots in all.

Raleigh police have said in a statement that no suspects have been arrested and that arriving officers found no one with any gunshot wounds. But they said they were investigating whether shots had been fired.

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4:30 p.m.

Police responding to a shooting at a busy mall in Raleigh say they haven’t found anyone with gunshot wounds.

The Raleigh Police Department issued a statement saying that officers responded to the mall about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday to reports of shots fired.

They say no suspects have been arrested.

Eyewitnesses describe a chaotic scene after the shots were fired.

Witnesses say they hid in stores until police led them out.

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4:00 p.m.

Police in North Carolina have responded to a shooting at a busy mall in an affluent area of Raleigh.

Multiple news outlets report that police in Raleigh were working to secure Crabtree Valley Mall on Saturday afternoon after gunshots were fired inside.

The station says no suspects have been taken into custody.

The number of injured is unknown, although emergency personnel apart from police were called to the scene. Helicopters buzzed overhead.

John Riggleman and Kristin Warring told The Associated Press that they were heading to a video game store when they heard shots coming from the mall’s food court. They ran into the store with dozens of others before the doors of the mall were locked.

Warring said she heard an additional series of shots.

Police told them they could leave the store at about 3 p.m.

An interstate exit to reach the mall was closed.

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