Reports of shooting sent people running from Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, North Carolina, prompting a police response and a lockdown. Raleigh Police Department confirmed there were no shots fired, no one was injured and no charges were forthcoming.
Witnesses on Twitter said they saw people running and thought there was a gun attack. The Raleigh Police Department made a statement in the mall stating that they had responded to a gunfight at 6:30 pm. It was determined that no shots were fired on Saturday, August 22, 2020.
“At about 6:30 pm today, Raleigh Police officers responded to a report fired at the Crabtree Valley mall. The follow-up investigation determined that there was no evidence of the shooting. No injuries and no charges,” the police said.
CBS 17 reported that a “stampede” escaped from the mall and security guards told people to leave the mall by locking the doors. The Raleigh Police Department responded to the scene at 6:30 pm. Saturday, August 22, 2020.
Raleigh police respond to Crabtree Valley Mall as security tells shoppers to leave https://t.co/xlLbVvBE3y
— Melody Brown-Peyton (@MelodyBrownPey1) August 22, 2020
Twitter users who said they were at the Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, North Carolina, said they ran away from the mall. Some said it was fighting and shooting, while others said he was an active shooter, but these calculations were not correct. The Raleigh Police Department said they responded to a notice of armed attack on the scene, but had not been fired. A shopping center spokesman also said that CBS 17 had not been fired.
One person wrote on Twitter, “I had to escape from Crabtree Mall from some kind of active shooter … life is a strange man.”
“Mfs was just shooting in Crabtree bruh . glad I’m strapped fr . Cus this ain’t it !” another person wrote.
Mfs was just shooting in Crabtree bruh . 😳🤯 glad I’m strapped fr . Cus this ain’t it !
— IG: The.Plug.Daughter 🔌 (@TakaraLee_) August 22, 2020
“what’s going on around 18:30 in Crabtree valley mall? Why everyone are running?????? @shopcrabtree,” another person wrote.
what’s going on around 18:30 in Crabtree valley mall? Why everyone are running?????? @shopcrabtree
— KsuanGunes (@GunesKsuan) August 22, 2020
A person replied, saying, “I don’t know… I was trying shoes in Belk, then I saw people are running out… a young couple told us just run, maybe someone was shooting. I asked someone else, but no one knows what’s happened..”
Just fled Crabtree Valley Mall with a friend. I thought I heard shots. Does anyone have confirmation of anything?
— Alice Dawn Phelan (@adphelanwriter) August 22, 2020
Another person wrote, “Just fled Crabtree Valley Mall with a friend. I thought I heard shots. Does anyone have confirmation of anything?”
“oh dear. glad you are safe,” a person replied.
“Thank you!” she answered. “I’m grateful to the shoe store employees who let us flee through the back exit.”
A CBS 17 reporter who was on the scene during the shooting scare said a “stampede” of people ran through the mall toward exits. Some people tried to enter the mall after the scare, but security guards locked the doors and told them to leave “for their own safety.”
Leslie Himley, marketing and business development director for Crabtree Valley Mall, released a statement on the incident to CBS 17.
“Thank you to the Raleigh Police Department for their timely response to tonight’s incident,” the statement said. “The safety and security of our guests, employees and retailers remains our top priority. For additional questions please contact the Raleigh Police Department.”
It wasn’t the first time that a report of fires fired at the Crabtree Valley Mall was wrong. On July 18, 2020, the Raleigh Police Department answered a fiery call and determined that it was not firing soon.
“At about 4:40 pm today, Raleigh Police officers responded to the report of firing / active shooter at the Crabtree Valley mall. Follow-up investigation determined that there was no active hitman / fired. Raleigh Police is currently injured on Twitter in July and no charges.” said.
“Preliminary information revealed that some people who were involved in a fight in the mall may have bought fireworks,” police said on Twitter.
According to ABC 11, in this case that also occurred on Saturday, several predetermined fights broke out between children around 4:40 pm at the mall, and witnesses reported shooting near the H&M store.
The Raleigh Police Department made a similar statement following the incident Saturday.
“At approximately 6:30 pm today, Raleigh Police officers responded to a report fired at the Crabtree Valley mall. The follow-up investigation determined that there was no evidence of the shooting,” he said. “No injuries and no charges.”
At approximately 4:40 p.m. today, Raleigh Police officers responded to a report of shots fired/active shooter at Crabtree Valley mall. Follow-up investigation has determined that there was no active shooter/no shots fired. There are no injuries and no charges at this time.
— Raleigh Police (@raleighpolice) July 18, 2020