Teen shoots at police at NC mall, falls 25 feet while trying to run away, officials say

The scene at Eastridge Mall. Photo by WBTV
The scene at Eastridge Mall. Photo by WBTV

GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) — A teen who officials say shot at officers outside Eastridge Mall in Gastonia Monday was injured when he jumped over a retaining wall and fell about 25 feet.

 Jamoral Lee Hill. WBTV photo
Jamoral Lee Hill. WBTV photo

Officers responded to the mall when the owner of a stolen vehicle spotted their car in the parking lot and told them who was driving it. Gastonia police then located the teen, later identified as 19-year-old Jamoral Lee Hill, inside the mall, where a foot chase began.

Hill reportedly ran outside the mall, turned and fired at least one shot at officers. The officers did not fire back, but continued chasing him. Hill then ran toward Belk, jumped over a retaining wall and fell about 25 feet, injuring himself.

He was taken to Caromont Regional Medical Center in serious condition. Once he is released from the hospital, Hill will be arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and resist, delay and obstruct, officials said.

From WBTV’s Sky 3 a heavy police presence could be seen outside the mall around 2:35 p.m. Hill could also be seen as he was taken to an ambulance on a stretcher.

Mall officials responded to questions on social media shortly after the incident, stating they were operating as normal.

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