A shot was fired at Regency Square mall in Henrico's west end shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, according to Henrico Police.
No one was hit by the gunfire in a hallway outside a bathroom near the food court, however two people were injured in the incident. A 74-year-old woman was injured as she tripped while trying to leave the mall, according to police. Detectives also say a 20-year-old man may have been injured in the leg by a ricochet of the bullet.
Police haven't found the shooter. They describe the suspect as a black male, 6'2" tall, with dreadlocks and wearing a red hoodie. He apparently left the mall along with all the other bystanders.
Police are also looking for a second suspect, shown in the picture released. They believe the shooting is not random and that this man may know the other suspect. They said the shooting happened after the two were involved in a verbal argument.
A viewer sent NBC12 a picture which appears to show a person on a stretcher being loaded into a Henrico Fire ambulance. NBC12's Diane Walker says a woman on a stretcher told her she had not been shot.
A witness in the Sears says she heard a bang. An announcement was then made, saying a shot was fired in the lower level food court, witnesses said. An announcement on the overhead intercom told shoppers in the Sears to evacuate, according to a witness.
"There were people running everywhere, little kids, people falling. We lost each other," said Sally Ann Moore and Renea Moore.
50 people hid inside Forever 21, a nearby store, terrified and unsure whether a gunman was still on the loose.
"There were no exit doors. It was just room and I was just praying, I was just praying in my heart that everything was going to be ok," said Saima Khan. "And so we were not sure what was going to happen next."
Another witness and her daughter were in the food court and said they were scared for their lives.
"The safety of our shoppers and our employees is a top priority, and as part of our commitment to promote a safe shopping environment, we maintain a highly trained security staff that is prepared to respond to a variety of emergency situations," said Secille Siverio, Spokeswoman for Regency.
Siverio says they take numerous proactive security measures, patrols of the facility and surrounding lots daily and coordinate with local officials.
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