Police investigate gunfire inside North Carolina mall

Crabtree Valley Mall evacuated for hours after reports of gunfire


RALEIGH, North Carolina – About two hours after gunfire was reported Saturday inside the Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, police said they have found no victims or gunman.

The owner of a clothing store at a busy North Carolina mall says he saw a shooting unfold after an argument in the food court about 2:45 p.m.

Antonio Richardson, owner of Casanova, a clothing store in the mall, said he was standing at the entrance to his store when he saw two men who appeared to be in their early 20s arguing in the food court. He says he saw one of them pull out a gun and begin shooting. As he was running away, he says he heard as many as four shots in all.

Raleigh police have said in a statement that no suspects have been arrested and that arriving officers found no one with any gunshot wounds.

An H&M employee told WRAL-TV that workers were told to immediately evacuate the mall. Rescue and fire department personnel set up a staging area in the parking lot.

Photos from inside the mall showed responding authorities with weapons drawn. Tony Rice, a contributor to WRAL.com, said he sheltered in place when people began screaming and running from the mall. 

"I thought it was an earthquake when people started running," Rice said. "It was panic."

At least 100 people who were once inside the mall gathered at the Marriott Hotel across the street.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.