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Raleigh shopping mall on lockdown over possible shooting

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They make for the exits as news of the gunman spreads

The Crabtree Valley Mall was placed on lockdown after the shooting, the City of Raleigh Police Department dispatcher said.

A reported shooting at a mall in Raleigh, NC, sent shoppers and employees fleeing Saturday afternoon.

WRAL-TV says police in Raleigh are working to secure Crabtree Valley Mall after gunshots were fired inside. Outside the mall, where people gathered afterward, a police officer got on the loudspeaker of a fire truck and said there was no one shot in the mall.

The dispatcher said "shots were fired" but added that it was unclear what motivated the shooting or whether it was more than one shooter.

Video footage posted on social media showed dozens of shoppers rushing toward an exit. Police told them they could leave the store at about 3 p.m. Riggleman said they were inside the video game store for about a half-hour. She said she knew it was time to go when "all the people were running". The number of injured was unknown, although emergency personnel apart from police were called to the scene. Warring said she heard an additional series of shots.

A witness told WTVD that she was in the mall's food court with her children when she heard "something pop". Other eyewitnesses said they had to run out of the mall.