Man charged in Northlake Mall shooting incident

Shots fired at a busy mall on a holiday causing chaos

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested a man Wednesday in connection with shots being fired at Northlake Mall on Labor Day.

Antonio Lamont Gaines, 27, was arrested after an investigation by CMPD. He's charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. 

Detectives say Gaines was involved in altercations with the victim prior that led to the shooting. 

Gaines and the victim, who has not yet been identified, were known to one another, according to police. 

Gaines was arrested inside of a home in the 6200 block of Pine Street on Thursday. Police say two handguns and ammunition were located during the search of the property. 

A second individual, Timothy Hines, who was inside the home at the time of Gaines' arrest, was also taken into custody and charged with a probation violation and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

On Monday, the mall the mall was partially evacuated as a precaution before police determined there were no victims at the scene. 

"We were in the fitting room all smooshed up," said 11-year-old Yolanda Nolasco, with tears in her eyes. "The lady told us to go to the back and she told us there was a shooting." 

“After the Christmas shooting we had training, and mass shootings are happening as well, so we had training,” said employee Quantavia Lowery.

Despite the training, though, employees say it’s still alarming when you hear shots are fired.

“We were caught off-guard, someone ran in saying there was a shooting,” said Janeal Thomas.

Monday's incident marks the third time shots have been fired in the Northlake Mall area in the last nine months.

On Christmas Eve, a gunman opened fire inside the mall during a fight with a rival group. An off-duty officer responded, shooting and killing the teen.

In January, the mall area dealt with another shooting incident. A shooting outside of the Verizon store left one person hurt, and five arrested.

Shoppers say they've seen enough.

"I don't think there's enough police out here because there's always something going on," Travis says.

Chantrice was in the mall on Christmas Eve when the shooting happened. "It was scary, I was running, I lost my money," Chantrice says.

Monday was the first day Chantrice had the courage to venture back since that incident. She was stunned when she heard that shots had been fired once again.

"It's just crazy, in the world, in today's society you can't even go shopping," she says.

Northlake Mall responded to Monday's shooting saying, "We are fully supporting the police in their investigation regarding an isolated and contained incident outside the mall."

 

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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