Altercation in NC mall’s parking lot near Charlotte preceded shooting, police say

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Concord police said late Sunday that an afternoon altercation in the parking lot outside of the AMC 24 movie theater in Concord Mills mall left one person injured.

Police initially said in a tweet at 4:15 p.m. that a suspect was in custody. He later was identified by police in a news release as Renzo Gabriel Carnevalini Medina of Charlotte.

“The suspect and the victim got into an altercation in the mall parking lot, which resulted in gunshots being fired,” police said.

In an email to the Observer on Monday, Concord Police Chief Gary Gacek said “only the suspect fired.”

The person who was shot is recovering at a local hospital, said police, although they did not provide additional details of the patient’s condition.

The suspect and the victim had been inside the mall on Sunday, but they did not know each other, Gacek told the Observer.

Medina was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, police said. He is being held in Cabarrus County Jail under a $125,000 bond.

Concord Mills is one of the state’s busiest malls. The retail outlet sits just north of Charlotte off of Interstate 85.

On a Saturday night in late January, the mall had closed early due to juveniles fighting, the Observer previously reported. It also had closed early last Nov. 28 after some stores reported “disorderly” youths causing a disturbance, city officials said at the time.

Other mall shootings

While rare, there have been a few other incidents of shootings in or around Charlotte-area malls over the past couple years:

In January 2019, a 24-year-old Charlotte man was shot and killed at Carolina Place mall in Pineville after a fight inside a store, authorities had said.

In December 2019, a teen was killed and two others were hurt after shots were fired in the Concord Mills parking lot near Dave & Buster’s. A stray bullet fatally struck 13-year-old Aveanna Propst. Last month, her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the mall and its owner, Simon Property Group, among others.

A juvenile was charged with the attempted murder of another youth following the March 20 shooting inside Northlake Mall in north Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said at the time.

And on May 1, authorities said two men faced charges after shooting each other at Carolina Place. The men had shot one another after an altercation in the mall, and both were injured in the shooting, Pineville police said at the time.

Observer archives and staff writer Jonathan Limehouse contributed.

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