CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police in Charlotte say a shooting that forced the closure of a mall on Christmas Eve was the result of a long-standing dispute among a group of people.
Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says the group had a history of feuding and showed up at the Northlake Mall. An altercation broke out about 2 p.m. Thursday.
Putney says they used weapons “as a means to settle the dispute.”
Putney says an off-duty officer nearby heard gunshots and confronted an armed man who pointed a gun in his direction. Putney says the officer then “fired his service weapon” at the man.
Putney says the man who was shot was given emergency aid, but medics pronounced him dead shortly afterward.
Putney also says the officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
The officer, Thomas Ferguson, is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Police say the man killed was 18-year-old Daquan Antonio Westbrook.