Shoppers upset, cautious after Northgate Mall shooting

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A recent shooting has left shoppers cautious about Northgate Mall.

Shoppers are upset about what they're calling senseless violence as Durham Police search for a gunman who shot a woman in the arm Saturday night outside Northgate Mall.

"I hope they catch them. I really hope they catch whoever did it," said Northgate shopper Frances Garrett.

As Garrett, who's from Henderson, hopes for an arrest, she says she is not going to let the shooting keep her from coming back to the mall.
"You can't live scared," Garrett said.

But she is hoping that violent acts like this will stop.

Police said a 25-year-old woman was shot in the arm in the parking lot Saturday following an argument inside the mall.

"It's not right for the children and for the employees of the store," Garrett said. "I feel as sorry for the employees as I do for the customers. Because they have to work and make a living for their families."

There were several cars hit by bullets.

ABC11's cameras caught a gun at the scene-but police have not confirmed if that was the weapon used in the attack.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting and security video in the area. It's not clear whether the victim and the shooter knew each other.

Alton Tyndall says he believes the Mall should relax its policy to allow legal gun owners the right to carry.

"People-law abiding citizens should be able to protect themselves in a situation if it turns ugly," said Tyndall, a former Durham police officer.

The Mall released a statement saying that security responded within a minute and that as far as mall safety goes, there are 50 security cameras inside and outside the mall and off-duty police officers patrol the mall.

The last time a shooting occurred at Northgate was in 2012. No one was injured.

Anyone with information about Saturday's shooting is asked to call Durham investigators at their reward hotline: (919) 683-1200.

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