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A North Carolina shopping center had to close early after a shooting took place which has injured at least six people this Friday, including a 10-year-old boy, authorities said.
Police and firefighters from the city of Durham, North Carolina arrived at the Southpoint Mall, where a person was believed to have been shot; however, it was reported that there had been three victims of gunshot wounds, reported ABC11
The shooting was reported to have started at 3:23 pm on the second floor of the mall. Durham police officers working inside the compound had to call for help when they heard the shots.
Authorities said at a press conference that three more people were injured when the mall was evacuated. All of the people who were affected by the shooting were treated and their injuries were determined not to be life-threatening.
“The shootings in this city have to stop. They have to finish, ”Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews emphasized in a statement, adding that a person of interest in the case is in custody, a weapon was also recovered and officers are investigating witnesses.
According to local police, the shooting took place between two groups who knew each other, so the incident was not random and after the shooting, those involved fled.
Among those harmed by the shooting is a 10-year-old boy who was bounced and subsequently taken to the hospital without fatal risk.
The Durham County Sheriff’s Office and the Highway Patrol assisted the Durham Police Department in controlling traffic in the vicinity of the Mall.
Meanwhile, the authorities assured that there are no more threats in the shopping center and the incident remains under active investigation.
Likewise, the authorities reported that anyone who has important information about the shooting and suspects should call Investigator Justice al (919) 560-4440, ext. 29119 o a CrimeStoppers al (919) 683-1200.
CrimeStoppers indicated that it will pay cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and stressed that callers should not identify themselves.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.