A LOCKDOWN is underway at the Brier Creek Walmart in Raleigh, North Carolina after a shooting allegedly took place leaving shoppers sheltering in place while police search for a suspect.
Durham City Council member Mark-Anthony Middleton posted on Facebook around 5.30pm to alert others to the ongoing situation.
“Shots were fired here at Brier Creek Walmart. We are not allowed to leave. The store is closed.
“The shooter is still believed to be outside the store. Please avoid the area.”
Raleigh Police issued a statement on Twitter following reports of the shooting.
“At approximately 5:25 p.m. RPD officers responded to a report of a shooting in the parking lot of the 10000 block of Glenwood Avenue. A follow-up investigation is currently underway.”
Police told WRAL that a suspect is not yet in custody.
The area near the Walmart store is blocked off.
In an update posted about 20 minutes later, Middleton wrote, “Update: Raleigh PD is now sweeping the store with long barrel weapons. We are all fired and the store is officially closed for the rest of the day.
“Firefighters and medics are everywhere. Extremely scary but I’m fine. However, there are reports (this is preliminary and unverified) that at least one person has been injured.
“Apart from any physical harm, we are certainly concerned for the innocent people (especially children) who have been completely traumatized by this. Thank you all for checking in and for your concern. I’m fine!”
The Brier Creek Walmart is located in an active commercial area.
Dollar Tree, Starbucks and Panera Bread are some other stores in the same mall.
The situation is ongoing.
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