2 persons of interest being interviewed after 4 shot at Eastridge Mall, chief says – WSOC TV

2 persons of interest being interviewed after 4 shot at Eastridge Mall, chief says

GASTONIA, NC — Gastonia police have confirmed a fourth person was hurt in a shooting at the Eastridge Mall Friday afternoon. Two persons of interest were also being questioned.

The chief of the Gastonia Police initially said two men and one woman were shot. Authorities later said another man who was shot at the mall showed up at a hospital in Charlotte.

Police said there is no active threat at the mall.

A spokesperson for the department confirmed officers were investigating the shooting at the mall on North New Hope Road in Gastonia after 12 pm on Friday.

Gaston Emergency Medical Services told Channel 9 three people were shot and were taken to the hospital. GPD said all three were expected to recover from their injuries. Officials have not given an update on the fourth person’s condition.

In an update just before 1:45 pm, Gastonia Police Chief Travis Brittain said they were getting mixed information about whether the shooting happened inside the mall’s food court or outside the mall.

According to police, at least one suspect was reportedly seen running from the mall in the direction of a neighboring woodline.

Chief Brittain said they were interviewing witnesses and had two persons of interest at the station who were being interviewed. He also said at this point, it is too early to determine a reason for the shooting, but they have not ruled anything out.

Police said investigators were going store to store helping people inside to exit the mall. They directed family members of shoppers and employees who were coming to the mall looking for their loved ones to go to the parking lot of Luck Samurai at 116 North New Hope Road.

Gastonia police said the mall is locked down and it would provide further updates on its Twitter page: @GPDNC.

The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles License Plate Agency at Eastridge Mall is temporarily closed, according to a tweet from the agency.

FedEx released the following statement to Channel 9 in response:

“Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragic shooting. We are grateful our team member was not injured in this incident, and we are working with authorities as they investigate.”

This is a developing story. check wsoctv.com for updates.

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