Heavy police presence at North Carolina mall after reports of shots fired

Authorities respond to the scene of a shooting at the Northlake Mall in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Reed)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – One person was killed after an argument erupted at a crowded shopping mall in North Carolina on the afternoon before Christmas, police said Thursday.

Detectives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are investigating what the department called “an officer involved shooting” inside the Northlake Mall in Charlotte.

Police said in a statement that off-duty officers who were working at the mall arrived at the scene after the fight broke out. One “armed” person was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured.

The police statement said that the situation was not considered “an active shooter situation,” an indication that no armed suspects were on the loose.

Previously reported:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Dozens of police vehicles have converged on a mall in North Carolina after receiving reports of shots fired.

The Northlake Mall in Charlotte was crowded with shoppers when officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department arrived. Firefighters were also on the scene.

It was unclear whether anyone was injured or killed.

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