Customers shelter in stores during Valley View Mall shooting

Published: Dec. 26, 2020 at 9:46 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Many customers took shelter in stores during a Saturday night shooting on the upper level of Valley View Mall in Roanoke.

WDBJ7 spoke with Brian Childers, who said he heard a pop noise when the gun went off, and everybody started running.

Childers said he came to the mall to return some items and do some shopping with money he got for Christmas. He was walking from American Eagle toward JCPenney, when he heard a pop noise. He walked a few steps further and then saw people running, so he and his wife went inside American Eagle. There, they were taken to the back of the store, and he said American Eagle employees shut the doors and locked them, until police eventually told them to evacuate.

“The sad part of it is, is it happens all the time, and it was scary at first but now that everything is over, it’s just another incident in the world we live in, and hopefully things will change, hopefully people will realize that this is not the answer,” Childers said.

He said the mall was very busy at the time of the shooting, and he is lucky he and his wife got out safely.

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