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Apple Store at Northlake Mall closes permanently

Apple announced the store was closing on Wednesday. It comes one day after shots were fired outside the mall.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Apple announced that the Apple store at Northlake Mall has permanently closed, just one day after another shooting at the north Charlotte shopping center. 

Employees from the location will be shifted to work at the Apple Store in the SouthPark area, according to the company. 

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Apple states the move is "in preparation for a new store we plan to open in the Charlotte area early next year," though, it comes just one day after the third shooting happened at the Northlake Mall in the span of around two-and-a-half months.

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Apple did not previously announce this location would be closing before Wednesday. The company has not directly stated the shootings are the reason behind the move.

On Tuesday, shots were fired outside of Macy's at the Northlake Mall. No injuries were reported. That shooting remains under investigation. 

Early in February, a shooting happened inside the mall during an altercation between two people. Nobody was injured in the shooting, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

The most serious of the three shootings happened in December when two people suffered injuries after a fight broke out between multiple people at the mall. A person who engaged in a fight was shot and suffered life-threatening injuries while a bystander was also shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Three people were arrested after this shooting.

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