Shots fired outside mall on Black Friday

Police were called to a shooting at Cross Creek Mall early Friday morning.
November 26, 2011 8:31:01 AM PST
Police were called to a shooting at Cross Creek Mall early Friday morning.

Authorities said a fight broke out at the Fayetteville mall shortly after 2 a.m. during Black Friday shopping, which lead to the shooting.

Eddrena Wiggins said when she and her niece decided to go shopping for after Thanksgiving deals, they never thought they'd find themselves in the middle of a shooting.

"It was like an out-of-body experience, we didn't realize what was going on at first because you just don't expect to see shooting inside of the mall, because anybody could have gotten hurt," she said.

Wiggins said she was near the food court, when a group of young men started fighting. Moments later, shots rang out.

"People just scattered and started going everywhere," she said.

"They first told us to get down and people found out there was a shooting in the mall and they started jumping the counters like at the cash register and stuff," eyewitness Joanie White said. "It was like something out of a movie, where you don't really know, am I getting ready to die today."

Cumberland County authorities said the intended target of the shooting that happened near the food court ran from the scene. That person was followed, and more shots were fired inside the mall, near the Macy's department store.

Authorities said no injuries have been reported, but both Wiggins and White said that they saw what appeared to be blood by the food court.

No evacuation was ordered, but several shoppers left the mall and some smaller stores closed. However, Wiggins and White said after the incident, they decided to keep shopping.

"This place was secured very quickly, I feel like they needed to be commended for what they done, to make us feel safe very quick," White said.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says detectives are looking for two suspects and are still in the early part of their investigation. They said they are reviewing surveillance video, trying to figure out exactly who was involved.

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