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Teen charged in shooting that injured 3 at NC mall

GASTONIA, North Carolina — A 17-year-old boy has been charged in a shooting that injured three people at a North Carolina mall, police said.

Two men and a woman were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after they were shot in the parking lot of the Eastridge Mall in Gastonia on Friday, according to Police Chief Travis Brittain.

Two of them fled into the mall’s food court after being shot, police said. Police found a handgun in the food court.

The Charlotte Observer reports that investigators are trying to determine if the teenage suspect and one of the victims knew each other.

The teenager was arrested for a felony, including assault with a deadly weapon, after police found him in a wooded area near the mall on Friday.

Police have not released the suspect’s name because he is a minor.

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