Man fa­tally shot at Carolina Place Mall, store worker ar­rested

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY JANE WESTER

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A man was shot and killed at Carolina Place Mall on Sun­day, and a store em­ployee has been ar­rested, ac­cord­ing to Medic and the Pineville Po­lice Depart­ment.

The shoot­ing hap­pened at the DTLR store in the mall, just a few min­utes af­ter the mall opened at noon Sun­day, po­lice said. DTLR sells ath­letic and “ur­ban life­style” cloth­ing and shoes for men, women and chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

The vic­tim walked into DTLR and got into a fight with the em­ployee be­fore the shoot­ing, po­lice said. In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve there may have been an “on­go­ing dis­pute” be­fore the fight Sun­day.

The vic­tim was pro­nounced dead in­side the store.

The sus­pect turned him­self in to Pineville po­lice less than an hour af­ter the shoot­ing, po­lice said in a state­ment, but charges had not been filed as of 5:45 p.m. Sun­day.

The po­lice depart­ment did not re­lease the names of the vic­tim or the sus­pect Sun­day night.

Dil­lard’s and other stores near DTLR in the mall were closed af­ter the shoot­ing, but the rest of the mall stayed open, WBTV re­ported. Po­lice be­lieve the shoot­ing is an iso­lated in­ci­dent.

Guns and “il­le­gal weapons” are not al­lowed at Carolina Place Mall, ac­cord­ing to the mall’s Code of Con­duct. Po­lice say they’re try­ing to find out how the em­ployee had a gun, WBTV re­ported.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester

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