NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Two people were taken to the hospital and four people were arrested after a fight between two groups led to shots being fired Thursday afternoon inside a Virginia mall, Norfolk police say.
Police say the two people transported, an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old, had gunshot wounds that were not considered life-threatening. The 16-year-old was taken to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters and the 18-year-old was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
The 18-year-old that was shot was one of the four suspects charged in the incident, police say, but police did not specify his identity.
The four men police arrested and charged are:
- 22-year-old Dvegan M. Melvin of Norfolk; charged with two counts of felonious assault, use of a firearm and discharge of a firearm in a public place.
- 21-year-old Dquan Z. Melvin of Norfolk; charged with felonious assault, use of a firearm, conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of a firearm by convicted felon.
- 18-year-old Kevin Holloman of Norfolk; charged with felonious assault, use of a firearm, conspiracy to commit a felony and discharge of a firearm in a public place.
- 18-year-old Shawn D. Mitchell, of Portsmouth; charged with having a concealed weapon
The 911 call for the shooting was received at 2:15 p.m.
Photos taken by people outside the MacArthur Center showed a man in police custody.
Around 5:18 p.m., a car was towed from the mall with a police car following. Officers were still at the scene and searching through bushes outside the mall, WAVY’s Kara Dixon reports.
Jim Wofford, general manager of the mall, told WAVY shots were fired on the first floor near Nordstrom. The mall was placed on lockdown, but the lockdown was lifted at 3:26 p.m. The interior entrance to Nordstrom was expected to remain closed as police processed the scene.
Wofford says that one of the stray bullets also hit the Rootz store on the first floor. Some of the stores inside decided not to reopen once the lockdown was cleared.
Officials with Tidewater Community College said in a tweet its Norfolk campus was on lockdown due to the incident at MacArthur, but that lockdown was also lifted after an all-clear was given.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or submit a tip through the P3Tips app.