HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A man has been charged in connection with a shooting near the parking lot of Regency Square Mall. Police were called to the 1400 block of N. Parham Road at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“Officers arrived and had contact with several adult males in the area of Quioccasin Road and Starling Drive,” Henrico Police spokeswoman Captain Linda Toney said. ” One round was located and no injuries were reported.”
Police said William King was charged with attempted malicious wounding, use of a firearm and shooting into an occupied building. Orlando Carter was charged with assault.
Police would not officially release more details about the incident citing their ongoing investigation.
Witnesses and police sources however helped paint a more complete picture of the situation.
The incident started as a fight between two group of young adults, a police source told CBS 6 reporter Sandra Jones. During the fight, someone in the group pulled out a gun.
At one point the gun fell to the ground, at which time some people involved in the fight ran away, the police source said. As one group ran away, someone in the group that remained picked up the gun and started to fire.
Those gunshots could be heard inside Regency Square mall, according to a witness who asked to remain anonymous. Shortly after hearing those shots, someone (believed to be the intended target) ran into Macy’s. That person disappeared into the mall, the witness said.
Henrico Police soon showed up and searched the mall. It is unclear at this time whether police located the person who entered the store.
Wednesday’s shooting comes days after two men used a knife to rob the nearby Boost Mobile store.
“The suspects displayed knives and made demands of the adult female cashier. One of the suspects hit the victim in the head with a knife handle, causing a minor injury,” Capt. Toney said about Boost Mobile robbery.
The shooting is one of three violent crimes in more than a week for that area and people who live and work near the mall are on edge.
“I do have a grave concern because this is our neighborhood,” said neighbor Michael Glover.
A mall spokesperson said they are working with Henrico police and said their shoppers safety is top priority for the mall.
If you were at the mall Wednesday night and saw anything that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. We would also like to hear your report, so click here to email the WTVR CBS 6 newsroom.