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A Man Shot by Police Following a Pursuit at Concord Mills Mall Has Died, Police Said
CONCORD, N.C. Authorities say a guy who was shot by police about a week ago after firing at policemen inside Concord Mills mall has died. According to Concord Police Chief Gary Gacek, 23-year-old Dominic Jeter was sent to the hospital in serious condition, but he eventually succumbed to his wounds.
On Wednesday afternoon, police were called to the mall after complaints of a theft involving three suspects and a credit card. The criminals retreated inside the shopping center as police officers arrived. Authorities say Jeter opened fire on officers as they pursued him into Concord Mills. Jeter was injured by police fire in retaliation.
Wrangell Hernandez, 21, from Charlotte, and Christian Tyson, 21, from Kannapolis, were both arrested at the shopping center and brought to the Cabarrus County Jail. Gacek claims that the day before, Jeter took a gun similar to the one found at the scene from a lady he knew. It was reported by authorities that Jeter was on probation for a prior firearm possession conviction at the time of the Concord Mills incident.
Officers Jeremy Howarth and Maria Westphal were named as the ones who fired their weapons. According to the department’s officials, Westphal has been working there for two years, while Howarth has only been there for two months. While the State Bureau of Investigation conducts its own investigation, both officers have been placed on administrative duty per departmental rules.
Release of 911 Calls in the Concord Mills Officer-involved Shooting
The tense moments during the tragic shooting at Concord Mills on Wednesday are described in recently released 911 conversations. The first call from the theft victim and further calls from mall patrons who heard the bullets are also captured on the tapes.
Employees at Concord Mills Mall Describe the Chaos Following the
Officer-involved Shooting as “Very Scary.”
On August 31, a day of business and fun turned into panic for those who were inside the Concord Mills mall. On that day, a 911 caller who worked at LensCrafters was among those who made the call. “I work at LensCrafters, and just now I heard a number of shots ring out, and people started running. I heard gunfire. The recording proclaimed, “It was pop pop pop pop pop pop.
Callers told dispatchers about the mayhem and admitted to hiding in retail stockrooms all across the mall because they were afraid of what was behind the doors. When he heard the disturbance, Shawn Severt was at work in front of the mall.