Christmas Eve shopping is stressful enough without out a bunch of thugs getting in each other faces at the mal and pulling out guns. But that's just went down this afternoon at Charlotte's NorthLake Malł.
Media reports say an off duty CMPD Officer Working security at the mall shot and killed an 18-year-old man Thursday as hundreds of Christmas Eve shoppers hid and were evacuated from a suburban Charlotte, North Carolina, mall, authorities said.
An off-duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg County police officer working security at Northlake Mall, about 8 miles north of downtown Charlotte, responded to gunfire during an altercation among "a group of subjects who have a history of feuding" about 2 p.m. ET, Police Chief Kerr Putney said early Thursday evening.
The officer, identified as Thomas Ferguson, rushed to the scene of the gunfire inside the mall and encountered 18 year old Daquan Antonio Westbrook. Officer Ferguson apparently asked Westbrook to drop the weapon, but when the subject pointed the weapon at the Officer, the officer opened fire.
Westbrook was pronounced dead a short time later.