Police chief talks about North Carolina shooting

Posted at 4:20 PM, Dec 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-24 19:08:13-05

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The latest on a shooting at a North Carolina shopping mall on Christmas Eve (all times local):


6:40 p.m.

Police in Charlotte say a shooting that forced the closure of a mall on Christmas Eve was the result of a long-standing dispute among a group of people.

Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says a group of subjects with a history of feuding had shown up at the Northlake Mall and an altercation broke out about 2 p.m. Thursday.

They ended up using weapons "as a means to settle the dispute," Putney said.

Putney says an off-duty officer nearby heard gunshots and responded to the scene. Putney says the officer confronted the armed person who pointed a gun in his direction, and the officer then "fired his service weapon."

Putney says the suspect was given emergency aid, but medics pronounced him dead shortly afterward.

Putney also says the officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Names of those involved haven't been released.


4:20 p.m.

An official says people are still hiding in stores, locked inside a North Carolina mall after one person was killed in a shooting.

Police say the person was killed after an argument erupted at the crowded Northlake Mall in Charlotte on Thursday, the afternoon before Christmas.

Emergency medical services official Jeff Keith confirmed Thursday afternoon that incident was no longer considered an active shooter situation. But he says people are still locked in stores, where they were hiding to try to remain safe. He says officials are trying to get them out.

Detectives have called it an "officer-involved shooting."


4:10 p.m.

One person was killed after an argument erupted at a crowded shopping mall in North Carolina on the afternoon before Christmas, police said Thursday.

Detectives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are investigating what the department called "an officer involved shooting" inside the Northlake Mall in Charlotte.

Police said in a statement that off-duty officers who were working at the mall arrived at the scene after the fight broke out. One "armed" person was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured.

The police statement said that the situation was not considered "an active shooter situation," an indication that no armed suspects were on the loose.

I just ran out of Belk at Northlake mall- evacuating now

— Kelly Feeley (@kellyfeeley67) December 24, 2015