Large police presence at NC mall as roads are closed

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — There is a large police presence at Crabtree Valley Mall on Saturday afternoon and police are closing roads around the mall.

An incident was reported around 2:30 p.m. near the food court inside the mall.

Raleigh Police said nobody is currently being let in or out of the mall at this time. No suspects have been arrested, and no one with gunshot wounds has been located.

Eight people — ranging in ages from 10 to 70 — were transported to area hospitals for minor injuries, mainly from falls, while trying to exit the mall after the reported gunshots, police said in a news conference at 6 p.m.

Also, during the police news conference, police said they were unsure when anyone would be allowed back inside the mall.

Meanwhile, Go Raleigh has sent buses to the mall so evacuees can shelter from the heat inside the buses. Some people were inside the nearby Marriott where dozens lined the hallways and the lobby.

Antonio Richardson, the owner of Casanova, a clothing store in the mall, says he saw a shooting unfold after an argument in the food court and that he heard as many as four shots.

He told The Associated Press that he was standing at the entrance to his store Saturday afternoon 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.

John Riggleman and Kristin Warring told The Associated Press that they were heading to a video game store when they heard shots, also 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.

At least 100 people who were once inside the mall are gathered at the Marriott across from the mall.

EMS and fire crews set up a staging area near the mall.

 

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