CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Police responded to a shooting Saturday afternoon at Carolina Place Mall in Pineville.
Pineville police said two people starting shooting at each other inside the mall. Officers say the motive is not currently known.
Those two were shot, but no innocent bystanders were injured.
The mall was been cleared and no one is in custody, police said.
“I was terrified,” said mall employee Lauren Barnette. “I was like I just gotta stay calm and collected.”
Officers said a reunification site was set up at the At Home store near the mall.
The mall remained closed the rest of the day.
“I started seeing people running and they were terrified,” shopper Demonte Parker said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said they assisted Pineville police.
@CMPD is assisting the @PinevillePolice with a shooting investigation at the Carolina Place Mall. Please avoid the area at this time due to a large emergency response in the area. #CLT #CLTNEWS #CHARLOTTENC
— CMPD News (@CMPD) May 1, 2021
Police told people to avoid the area.
Medic said one person was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound. Another person showed up to the hospital with a gunshot wound.
Both injuries are considered non-life-threatening, according to police.
Police said it appeared to be an isolated incident between two people and police are not looking for additional suspects.
Barnette said she was working when the shooting happened, so she rushed to get customers to safety.
“Got all my customers to the back, hid them in the bathroom and then we just waited,” Barnette said.
Four months ago, on Christmas Eve, Pineville police responded to multiple 911 calls of shots fired inside of the mall.
No one was hurt.
“I just hope everyone stays safe and just that we can come to a place where this kind of stuff doesn’t happen,” Barnette said.
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