17-Year-Old Charged In Shooting At Eastridge Mall That Left 3 Injured

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A 17-year-old has been charged for his involvement in a shooting at Eastridge Mall in Gastonia on Friday that left three people injured, according to police.

Detectives charged the 17-year-old with multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon after detaining him in the woods following the shooting.



Investigators say the male victim, believed to be the fourth person shot in this incident who self-transported to a hospital in Charlotte, was not shot during the Eastridge Mall incident.

Police say this individual is believed to have been shot in nearby area.

Investigators are also now working to determine if there is any known relationship between 17-year-old and any of the victims.

Police say they are not looking for additional suspects at this point.


Detectives identified a fourth victim who was shot at Eastridge Mall Friday after he showed up at a hospital in Charlotte.


Original Story (6/10/22):

GASTONIA, N.C. — Gastonia Police say three people were shot at Eastridge Mall on Friday.

Rick Goodale, the spokesman for the Gastonia Police Department, said that this happened near the food court of the mall.

All three have non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to recover.

Chief Travis Brittain said that two people are now in custody in connection to this shooting.

During the shooting, there was no order to evacuate, but several stores were individually locked down.

The mall is now officially locked down with no public access and police are working to get those who sheltered in place out of the mall.

Police are speaking with people inside the mall to find more information. WCCB has a crew on location.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back for updates.