Gunman killed at Charlotte mall

Posted at 3:26 PM, Dec 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-24 15:27:40-05

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WTVR)-- An altercation in a store at a mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, led to gunfire and one person getting shot, Shauntelle Hamrick, the manager of the Journeys shoe store, told CNN. Hamrick said she watched as a group of people "ganged up" on a man. During the fight, someone pulled a gun, and a friend of the man was shot. It is not clear how badly he is wounded.

Tiffany Archibald, with Medic 911 in Charlotte, said ambulances responded to an incident at the mall involving one patient with a leg injury, one pregnant patient in labor and one patient with an asthma attack. A shopper at a Bebe store on the upper level of the mall told CNN the stores were extremely crowded. Lauren Malone was with her sister and mother in the store, which is above the shoe store, when she heard "boom, boom, boom."

Employees recognized the sounds as gunshots, locked the doors and escorted shoppers out the back door.

Charlotte, North Carolina television station WBTV reported the gunman was shot and killed inside the mall. Citing sources, the station reported a police officer inside the mall shot and killed the shooter.

“It was just pure pandemonium, just the frightening look on people faces made me realize this is something serious,” a Macy's worker at the mall said.

She said the active shooter training she’s been through with Macy's came in handy.

"The first thing I did was ruin to the storage unit, the second thing I did was hide in the storage unit, the third thing, If I had to I would have fought," she said.. "I’m shaken up a little bit, I have to admit, but I’m here, I’m just thankful to be alive."