Northwoods Mall reopens day after shooting incident

(Source: Anna Cogdill)
(Source: Anna Cogdill)
(Source: Anna Cogdill)
(Source: Anna Cogdill)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston shopping mall is open a day after a shooting incident Monday afternoon.

Police released an image of the man they say fired the shot and are hoping someone will recognize him.

Photos show broken windows and a bullet hole at the Giftology store.

Police say two people got into an argument shortly before 5:30 p.m. Monday inside the men's clothing store Lim's. One of the men fired a shot.

Witnesses told police they heard a "pop" then saw people running in the area of the Food Court.

Police arrived on the scene approximately three minutes later and evacuated the mall. No one was injured.

Heather Bender was shopping at the mall when the shooting happened.

Bender was at a neighboring store with her two young daughters when a man alerted her and others inside the store.

"He said, 'You need to get to the back, there's someone shooting in the mall.' The employees rushed us to the back into a hallway into a closet. There was about 16 of us crammed in there," Bender said.

Bender was worried the worst might happen.

"I was terrified," she said."You don't know at that point is an active shooter situation? Is it just a beef between some people that are arguing? Why are there gunshots in a mall where people are just shopping?"

After about an hour and a half, Bender says cops gave the all clear.

"He opened the gate up, they directed us to specific points, to get out. There were helicopters. It was covered, so we knew we were okay at that point," Bender said.

On Tuesday, the mall reopened with business as usual.

Some shoppers were still thinking about the shooting.

"I was actually here yesterday when everything was going down, so it's kind of terrifying walking back inside. But knowing that we weren't in any real danger and it was two idiots being stupid made it a little easier," Meagan Brown said.

Others weren't concerned.

"Isolated incident, it can happen anywhere," Wardell Davis said.

Police arrived on the scene approximately three minutes later and evacuated the mall.

No one was injured.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the photo is asked to call North Charleston Police at 843-740-2800 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

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