2 men charged after shooting each other inside a Charlotte-area mall, authorities say
Two men have been charged after shooting each other at Carolina Place mall in Pineville on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
Pineville police obtained arrest warrants for Kevion Donshare Harris, 32, and Jamie G’Vantay Williams, 24, charging both with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, according to a press release from the department.
Officials said Sunday afternoon the two men shot one another after an altercation in the mall, resulting in injuries for both. The suspects are now recovering at area hospitals, Pineville police said.
Paramedics drove one of the men to the hospital just before 5:30 p.m., Medic said on Twitter. The other suffered a medical condition and had non-life threatening injuries, according to Medic. The agency didn’t disclose the type of medical condition.
Late Saturday, Pineville Police Chief Mike Hudgins said the first person’s injuries also were considered non-life-threatening. The second “self-transported” to a hospital, he said.
Pineville police said two people began shooting at each other in the mall, Observer news partner WBTV reported.
At 4:49 p.m., police “received a dispatch of gunshots in the mall,” Hudgins said at a news conference at the scene.
Pineville officers immediately entered the mall and began to evacuate it, Hudgins said. Police did not indicate where the shooting happened inside the mall.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s deputies helped Pineville officers evacuate the mall and look for any victims and suspects, the chief said. Charlotte and Pineville firefighters also assisted at the scene, he said.
“We have cleared the mall out at this time to the best we can, and we have secured the crime scene and are right now conducting an investigation into the crime,” Hudgins told reporters.
Police did not say if anyone was in custody.
“At this time, early evidence suggests that this was an isolated incident between two subjects,” Hudgins said in a statement late Saturday. “Pineville Police Department is not actively looking for any additional suspects.”
At 6:50 p.m., Pineville police said in a tweet the mall had been cleared but “still closed while the crime scene is being processed.”
Saturday’s shooting was the second at the mall since December.
On Dec. 24, Pineville police said they found no one hurt after responding to over a dozen 911 calls reporting shots fired at the mall.
Recent Charlotte-area mall shootings
▪ A juvenile suspect was charged with attempted murder of a juvenile after a March 20 shooting at Northlake Mall. Two people were taken to the hospital by ambulance but not for gunshot wounds, CMPD said. A third person was treated at the scene, also for an unrelated condition, according to CMPD.
▪ In January 2019, a 24-year-old Charlotte man was shot and killed at Carolina Place, following what authorities at the time described as a fight inside a store. Khali Amir Holmes died in the shooting and police arrested another man in his death but his lawyer has said he acted in self-defense.
▪ On Dec. 28, 2019, a 13-year-old girl was killed and two boys had non-life threatening injuries after a shooting in a Concord Mills parking lot, Concord police said. Two teenagers were charged with first-degree murder and felony riot.
Chief Hudgins with an update. pic.twitter.com/iXYnZJWS8Q
— Pineville Police (@PinevillePolice) May 1, 2021
@CMPD is assisting the @PinevillePolice with a shooting investigation at the Carolina Place Mall. Please avoid the area at this time due to a large emergency response in the area. #CLT #CLTNEWS #CHARLOTTENC
— CMPD News (@CMPD) May 1, 2021