Two men were reported to be shot at the Eastern North Carolina Mall on November 25, Black Friday. The news was confirmed by credible media agencies and also by related officials.
The incident was reported to the police immediately as it took place in a mall on Black Friday, which is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The mall was eventually shut down after the tragic incident for further proceedings by the police department.
The event was reported to the Greenville Police Department and as per the available information, the police arrived at the crime scene around 6:30 pm. Upon their arrival at the crime scene, the police found two men who were shot near the American Eagle store, which is located close to the food court in the mall.
The police had not spoken or revealed much about the incident or their findings but it was notified by the officials that their preliminary report was that the shooting resulted in some kind of dispute but they are still not sure what might have caused the dispute. It was also stated by the police that the two men were shot by a third person. The details about a possible suspect or any such information are yet to be obtained from official sources.
The identity or any personal details regarding the victims of the shooting are not revealed by the police. They both were taken to the ECU Health Medical Center where they are receiving the needed medical care.
The person behind the shooting is still at large and the police have made it clear that a search for the shooter is underway. The officers are under the assumption that the shooter fled the crime scene after the incident and they are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to track down the suspect.
Maj. David Bowen who is with the Greenville Police Department provided some insight into the case according to their preliminary findings.
As per his findings, the incident at the mall was not a result of some random action but instead, it was the result of a dispute that occurred between the shooter and the victims.
The reason behind the shooting is yet to be found by the police. As the act was not random, there were no other casualties as a result of the shooting.
He also added that the police department was working closely with the mall management to get a better understanding of the incident. The police are reported to carry out interviews with witnesses and are also trying to retrieve the security camera footage, which can provide a better insight into the incident.
Officer David Bowen, in his statement, made it clear that there were no reports of any of the employees of the mall or any other mall patrons being injured in the incident. The police did receive some phone calls from people who were hiding in the storage areas following the incident.
They were escorted out safely by the officers. As the event took place on Black Friday, the mall had a large number of customers but that did not interfere with the working of the police or their efforts to locate the victims.
They helped the Greenville officers to clear off the shoppers and other people from the main business area and also from the parking lot. The Greenville Police Department officially thanked the assistance provided by the East Carolina University Police Department.
The latest reports from the Greenville Police Department suggest that the shooting was not fatal and that the two men were recovering in the hospital as their injuries are not life-threatening. The mall where the shooting occurred was evacuated by the police and there was no clear information about when will be mall be re-opened and fully functional.