911 call recordings released in Northwoods Mall shooting incident

Source: NCPD
Source: NCPD

Callers from inside Northwoods Mall reported as few as two or three and as many as a dozen shots to emergency dispatchers Monday night.

Recordings of the calls made immediately after the incident were being released by Charleston County officials Wednesday afternoon.

"Get in the hallway," a security guard yelled to mall goers while on the phone with a dispatcher.

Over two dozen people called Charleston County dispatch regarding the shooting that happened inside of the mall.

"We heard like six to 12 gunshots," one caller told a dispatcher.

Another reported hearing five.

Both callers said they were hiding with others inside closets at stores inside the mall.

"We heard the shots and everyone started running," the second caller said.

A dispatcher asks if the caller can safely evacuate the building.

"No, no, I'm not going out there," the caller responds. "Heck no." The caller responded to a question of injuries by saying, "No, no, we're all good, just scared."

For one of the callers, a dispatcher advised the person on the phone to put up a barricade. The dispatcher also told them to keep the doors locked, and do whatever they could to be protect themselves.

"This is every important, if you are found and unable to get away prepare to be aggressive and be prepared to fight for your life using any items you can as weapons. Throw objects and yell to protect yourself," one dispatcher told a caller.

For those calling 911 who were not inside the mall, you could hear the fear in their voice as they worried about their loved ones who were still inside the mall.

"My daughter just texted me she's at the salon she said they're on lock down and there's somebody in the store with a gun," one caller said. "She hears people screaming."

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 and moments later witnesses say they saw people running in the area of the food court.

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

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

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