Panic at Charlotte, North Carolina shopping mall amid reports of gunshots

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

 Panic at Charlotte, North Carolina shopping mall amid reports of gunshotsLocal 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.

AFP

Updated Date: Dec 25, 2015 02:44:10 IST