Police: Shooting at Eastridge Mall in Gastonia, three injured
According to law enforcement, the shooting happened around 12:10 p.m.
GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) – Police have responded to a shooting at Eastridge Mall in Gastonia.
According to information from Gastonia Police, the shooting happened around 12:10 p.m. at the mall, located on New Hope Road.
Department officials say three people - two men and one woman - have been shot and their injuries were minor.
According to law enforcement, the shooting happened outside in the parking lot, before the victims ran inside to the food court area. Officers had to evacuate people out of the mall.
Authorities found two persons of interest in a wooded area near the mall. Both were males. One is 17, and the other is 23.
Police are charging the 17-year-old with multiple felonies related to shooting.
A handgun was found in the food court area of the mall, as well as near the 17-year-old in the woods.
Gastonia police have cleared the mall and turned control back over to mall management.
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