RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Raleigh police shut down a shopping center for hours Saturday night following a deadly officer-involved shooting.
“I actually passed by and saw the police cars,” said Keith Sutton, who was out shopping on Sunday and lives nearby. “I was coming home and saw a lot of the blue lights coming past me flashing.”
Raleigh Police say the officer-involved shooting happened just after 8:30 Saturday night. Police have identified the man who died as 30-year-old Soheil Mojarrad of Raleigh.
CBS 17 has learned Majarrad was arrested for assault in January near the same location where he was killed.
The shopping center is on North Rogers Lane just off New Bern Avenue. Some local business owners told CBS 17 they heard the shots and locked their doors.
One employee said he saw a man run across the parking lot. Another restaurant owner told CBS 17 about an hour before the shooting police were going door to door to businesses saying they were responding to a distress call, but weren’t sure where it came from.
None of the business owners would talk to us on camera because they said they were afraid.
“Flowers are blooming right now, so, you think about life and something like that happens and that’s the opposite of life, so yeah, that’s not cool,” said shopper Jeremy Cherry.
Most of the shoppers we spoke to said they don’t feel unsafe, but say they do plan to keep their guards up.
Peter Sienkwick is a regular at Overtime Sports Pub. He says he went there for lunch that same day.
“Got up this morning and heard there was a shooting, what I heard was in the parking lot and a lot of stuff goes on here but these people that own this bar are my best friends,” said Sienkwick.
“Unsafe no, because it happens everywhere around the world especially that’s what it seems like lately, but it is a concern as in, you don’t know,” said shopper Quame Mungo. “You could just be coming to get something at the store and next thing you know you got that going on. “So, it is crazy.”