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Two sought in Black Friday shooting at Fayetteville mall

Posted November 25, 2011

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— Cumberland County authorities are looking for two people who fired gunshots inside and outside a busy Fayetteville mall early Friday morning as shoppers lined up for post-Thanksgiving sales.

Debbie Tanna, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said the first shots were fired outside Cross Creek mall, near the food court entrance, around 2 a.m. One man ran inside the mall, and a second ran after him, firing more shots near Macy's.

Detectives were reviewing surveillance video to identify the shooters and to try to find out more about what happened. Anyone with information about should call the sheriff's office at 910-323-1500.

No one was injured, but witnesses described the scene as chaotic as shoppers tried to leave the mall.

"People were running, and they were yelling," said Brock Blanks, who said he and his friends ducked for cover when they heard gunshots.

"Our first instinct was to hide, to get away from the situation," he said.

Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville Two sought in Fayetteville mall shooting

Some smaller stores closed in the wake of the shooting but have since reopened, Cross Creek Mall spokeswoman Tammy Hopkins said.

"From what we understand, obviously, it was an isolated incident, an unusual incident," she said. "It doesn't seem to have dampened the shopping spirit at the mall."

Still, Blanks said, it will be tough for him to forget what he saw.

"I mean, you see stuff like that happen in the movies, but you really don't expect it to happen," he said.

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  • calynn Nov 28, 12:17 p.m.

    Who else would be trying to shoot you?

  • fayncmike Nov 28, 12:16 p.m.

    "I hope that doesn't lead to your grandkids watching you swallow a copper jacketed lead pill right in front of them.
    calynn"

    Coming from the gun of some unqualified Yahoo that shouldn't have it?

  • fayncmike Nov 28, 12:15 p.m.

    "Haha, Fayetteville police should be much more concerned about finding the perps than worrying about me. I see you also couldn't argue any other point that I had posted.
    calynn"

    As I said, I bet the police would have a lively internist in your disregard for the rules. Exactly why we must stop handing out concealed carry permits like party favors. Yours needs to be revoked.

  • calynn Nov 28, 12:10 p.m.

    "Well I don’t take my kids anywhere, they take me. But when I take the grand kids to the mall I park wherever it’s closest to where in the mall we want to go. You see, I’m not eaten up by paranoia."

    I hope that doesn't lead to your grandkids watching you swallow a copper jacketed lead pill right in front of them.

  • calynn Nov 28, 12:08 p.m.

    Haha, Fayetteville police should be much more concerned about finding the perps than worrying about me. I see you also couldn't argue any other point that I had posted.

  • fayncmike Nov 28, 11:59 a.m.

    "Cite an instance of a CHP holder shooting one and I'll start worrying about it. I was in the Macy's when this happened, have the receipt stamped 2:02 AM for a Bella Crockpot. I also had my pistol with me,
    calynn"

    Oh really? It's my understanding that firearms aren't allowed in the mall. If you can't follow that simple rule, which other rules are you breaking? One wonders what the police would think of your bringing a gun into a restricted area?

  • calynn Nov 28, 11:34 a.m.

    Cite an instance of a CHP holder shooting one and I'll start worrying about it. I was in the Macy's when this happened, have the receipt stamped 2:02 AM for a Bella Crockpot. I also had my pistol with me, but instead of moving toward the commotion I moved the three women that I had with me out into the parking lot as shots were fired. Needless to say, I will never, ever be back in that mall. The "mall rats" as you called them, are the same street "rats" who will only continue to cause problems for the rest of society, and this mall is doing nothing to keep them out of their facility.

    You should worry more about the criminals and "mall rats" shooting bystanders than CHP holders... they are the ones running through Cross Creek mall shooting at each other.

  • fayncmike Nov 28, 10:39 a.m.

    "This mental weakling won't be begging for his life if he find himself at gunpoint... You will.
    calyn"

    Try not to kill too many innocent bystanders.

  • calynn Nov 28, 10:35 a.m.

    This mental weakling won't be begging for his life if he find himself at gunpoint... You will.

  • fayncmike Nov 28, 8:09 a.m.

    Why am I not surprised? Reading your posts, I can easily discern that you’ve spent your entire life fixating on firearms. You and your ilk, quite frankly, frighten the heck out of me. You are the poster boy for, why we need a heck of a lot tougher firearm control. Personally, I wouldn’t allow you to own even a 30-30 deer rifle much less a handgun.. It’s exactly people like you that we write gun control laws for.

    I do admit that, at one point I did carry a firearm. It was in conjunction with my profession. I, at times carried sensitive documents, and at those times the government demanded that I be armed. I took no pleasure in toting that thing. As soon as I could, I stuck it in my underwear drawer, under my skivvies. I think it’s a mental thing. I look to the mental weaklings, turning to firearms for empowerment. Than, I look to the self assured people that need no such crutch. I am of the opinion that paranoia shouldn’t rule our lives. It’s pretty obvious.

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