The Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh has been placed on lockdown following a reported shooting inside the shopping center.
WRAL reports that police were called to the mall at approximately 2:45 pm this afternoon in response to the shooting. Access in and out of the building has since been restricted with authorities stating that no one would be allowed in or out of the Crabtree Valley Mall. At the time of posting, no suspects have been taken into custody in relation to this incident. Thankfully, police have indicated that they have not found anyone suffering from bullet wounds.
“They let everybody out through the back (of the store),” said mall patron Ricardo Flores who was in the vicinity of H&M at the time of the shooting. “Everyone started going crazy and running out. The security guards told us to get out.”
Footage of people inside the mall reacting to the shooting and exiting into the streets drives home the sense of concern and worry that bystanders were experiencing.
Witnesses have indicated that they hid inside stores in the mall until the police led them to safety. Fox News reports that some shoppers were trampled in the panic to get out of the building with one person needing to be taken out in a stretcher.