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18-year-old man who 'pointed a gun at off-duty policeman' shot dead in crowded shopping centre

The shooting was caused by a long-standing dispute

Image: Robert Lahser/The Charlotte Observer via AP

A LONG-STANDING dispute sparked a shooting at a crowded North Carolina shopping centre on Christmas Eve, police said, and an off-duty officer fatally shot a man who pointed a gun in his direction.

Police said no one else was shot and there were no other reports of injuries. The shooting was not a random act but rather the result of a feud among people who knew each other — though there was no indication it was gang-related, Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said.

During the fight, a weapon was brandished and shots were fired about 2pm local time at Northlake Mall in Charlotte, Putney said. Shoppers who were crowding the mall for last-minute gifts hid in stores and locked themselves inside, officials said. Police could be seen blocking all entrances.

Jake Wallace, 24, of Boone, North Carolina, was in Dick’s Sporting Goods when shots rang out nearby — about 30 feet outside the store, near Journey’s shoe store on the lower level, according to police.

“I thought someone dropped something. It was extremely loud. Didn’t think anything of it,” Wallace said. “You don’t think gunshots. But then I heard a rapid fire. Once hearing that, there was no mistaking it. It sounded like someone was unloading a clip.”

Chaos erupted as shoppers dove for cover or tried to get out the door, Wallace said.

Putney said Officer Thomas Ferguson was working off-duty at the mall when he heard the shots and confronted the man who pointed a gun in his direction.

The officer then “fired his service weapon,” Putney said. The suspect was given emergency aid, but medics pronounced him dead shortly afterward, officials said. Police identified him as Daquan Antonio Westbrook, 18.

The officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, Putney said. Multiple weapons were found at the scene.

No officers were injured. Putney said police were trying to determine whether anyone else was shot.

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