Shots Fired at a North Carolina Mall

The investigation into the Christmas eve chaos that sent shoppers running for cover.
1:23 | 12/25/15

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Meanwhile, some Christmas eve chaos at one mall, as so many are already on edge of a year marked by deadly shootings. Shots fired at a North Carolina mall, shoppers running for cover. The investigation unfolding tonight. Here's ABC's Ron Claiborne. Reporter: It happened again. This time, a shooting in a north Carolina shopping mall, packed with last-minute Christmas shoppers. Gun fire sending many in the crowd fleeing in panic. Inside, this man finding safety huddling behind a clothing rack. We were just walking and people just started running, yelling, screaming. So, I just, my first thing to do was get safe. Reporter: Images from the northlake mall in Charlotte captured the chaos and confusion. Started shooting. Reporter: Authorities say the shooting occurred after two groups of people inside the mall got into an argument. An offduty police officer intervened and fatally shot one person who they say was armed. This is not a random act of violence. This is something that happened between two parties who were beefing back and forth. Reporter: This incident comes just two days after a shooting at one of the country's biggest malls on New York's Long Island. There, too, scenes of panic when a robber allegedly fired a gun in a struggle with a store security guard. In North Carolina tonight, the mall where today's shooting occurred is closed. At least four people gone to the hospital, and yet another community on edge. Ron Claiborne, ABC news, new York.

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