911 calls released in shooting at Northgate Mall; renewed calls for peace

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Calls for peace after Northgate Mall shooting
911 calls reveal panic at mall after a woman was shot.

DURHAM, North Carolina (WTVD) -- 911 calls reveal customers' panic at Northgate Mall on Saturday after a woman was shot.

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Caller: I heard gunshots and I saw people running past through the store. And they were running away from the movie theater.

Caller: I still see people outside but I'm not going out there.

Operator: Did you see the person that fired the shot?

Caller: I didn't see the person that fired the shot. I saw the person that was shot.

On Wednesday, Durham Police told ABC11 that the victim was targeted following an argument with the shooter.

The bullet grazed the woman's head, leaving her with injuries to her face.

She was released from the hospital the same day of the attack.

"We are glad the shooting was contained immediately," Northgate Mall said Wednesday in a statement to ABC11. "There was no active shooter. It was isolated to that one location. We're glad no one else was hurt. We're sorry it hurt the holiday spirit. These incidents can happen at any place at any time."

Police are still looking for the shooter.

On Wednesday, the attack is renewing calls for peace from anti-violence group Bull City United.

Starting Monday, January 1, the group will be holding a week's worth of vigils and ceremonies to encourage nonviolence and unity throughout some of Durham's most dangerous communities.

"Everybody should think before they act," said David Johnson with Bull City United. "Everything doesn't call for violence. You can settle conflicts in a different way."

Since January, more than 230 people have been injured by gunfire in Durham, according to police.

The agency says homicides have been cut in half. In 2016, DPD investigated 42 homicides. This year, that number is down to 21.

Bull City United said its outreach in the community - focusing on at-risk youth - has helped contribute to the drop in crime.

"We believe that together we can decrease the level of violence, raise awareness of BCU activities and save lives in Durham. Initiating this countywide ceasefire of violence cannot be underestimated," said Doral Clayton, supervisor for Bull City United.

Bull City United Week of Peace

  • January 1, Cornwallis Housing Community, 3000 Weaver St., 6-7 p.m.
  • January 2 West End, corner of Gunter Avenue and Morehead Avenue, 6-7 p.m.
  • January 3, Edgemont, 201 S. Elm St., 6-7 p.m.
  • January 4, North Durham, 200 N. Alston Ave., 6-7 p.m.
  • January 5, Stokesdale, corner of Linwood Street and Grant Avenue, 6-7 p.m.
  • January 6, Liberty Street Housing Community, 100 Block of Commerce Street, 2-3 p.m.
  • January 6, Southside, 100 East Umstead St., 6-7 p.m.
  • January 7, McDougald Terrace Housing Community, 42 Ridgeway (in courtyard behind the building), 6-7 p.m.