Northlake Shooting Victim Had History of Violence

CHARLOTTE, NC — We now know more about the man shot inside Northlake Mall on Christmas Eve. Many shoppers we talked to are unable to forget the tragic situation leading to Christmas Day.

“There was some people going left, some people going right. And, just, I went both ways,” said one shopper.

Last-minute shoppers on Christmas Eve, frantically running for their lives.

“And I just hear ‘pop, pop, pop’. We were just running for our lives, you know? You never know,” said another shopper.

It all came to an end when Thomas Ferguson, an off-duty CMPD officer working as mall security, shot and killed 18-year-old Daquan Westbrook.

“He confronted the armed subject, who, according to witnesses and information we’re getting, pointed a gun in the direction of the officer,” said CMPD Chief Kerr Putney. “Our officer fired his service weapon.”

Chief Putney says it all began when two groups with a history of feuding began fighting inside the mall.

“People had weapons,” said Chief Putney. “And after the altercation, they used weapons as a means of settling the dispute.”

Family and friends describe a popular rapper known as Donkey Cartel. Several mugshots show another side.

Westbrook had been arrested 11 times since 2013. In October of 2013, police arrested Westbrook for armed robbery. The next summer, he was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Just this April, he was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for bringing a gun onto school property.