Panic at US shopping mall amid reports of gunshots

2015-12-24 23:00


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Washington - Panic erupted at a US mall packed with Christmas Eve shoppers on Thursday, amid reports of a shooting inside.

Local broadcaster WBTV said the incident happened at the Northlake Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The CBS affiliate, citing an unnamed witness, said that a gunman was shot and killed by an officer.

CNN also reported that one person had been shot by an officer after pulling out a gun during a confrontation, but it said his condition was unclear.

On its Twitter feed, WBTV quoted a witness as saying there was arguing before shots were fired, also suggesting the shooting was the result of a dispute of some sort.

Frantic shoppers reportedly ran out of stores seeking shelter, with one woman telling WBTV that she hid in a storage room.

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