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Three wounded in shooting at mall in Durham, N.C.

Black Friday shoppers were escorted out of the mall as authorities responded to reports of shots fired.
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Three people were wounded Friday in a shooting at The Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham, North Carolina, and three others were injured, police said.

The shooting victims included a 10-year-old, who was wounded by a ricocheting bullet, the Durham Police Department said. Police did not specify how the three other injured victims were hurt, but noted the injuries were not from gunshot wounds.

All six people were treated for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews said during a news conference on Friday.

One person was detained, but police did not provide any additional details about whether the person faced any charges in connection with the shooting.

"The shootings have to stop," Andrews said.

She added that the shooting "occurred between two groups that knew each other," and that they "were not indiscriminately firing."

The shooting "did not appear to be a random incident," according to police.

Off-duty Durham police working at the mall requested assistance about 3:23 p.m. after hearing shots, Andrews said.

About an hour later, the police department tweeted that the building was being evacuated and that “there is no further threat at the mall.”

In a written statement, Brookfield Properties, which owns The Streets at Southpoint, thanked the police department and said the company was focusing on the well-being of the people impacted by the shooting.

"Streets at Southpoint is a destination for the community to gather," the company said. "We are saddened and outraged that we were the location for such a senseless act of violence among a group of individuals." 

A note on the mall's website Friday evening said it would be closed until further notice.

Police respond to a shooting at a mall in Durham, N.C., on Nov. 26, 2021.
Police respond to a shooting at a mall in Durham, N.C., on Nov. 26, 2021.WRAL

WRAL reporter Aaron Thomas was at the mall shopping when he tweeted that he saw "many people running."

He added that, after a brief lockdown, Durham police started escorting shoppers out of the mall.

Videos posted on social media show Black Friday shoppers running out of the building.

Middleton told WRAL that first responders were on the scene.

"It's really important that folks stay clear of the area and let our first responders get in there and do the work they've been trained to do," he said.