RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Nearly a week after reported gunshots and the resulting pandemonium shut down the Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh police said there’s still no indication that shots were fired – but there’s also no way to definitively rule it out.
A report of gunshots inside the mall came in to police at around 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 13. After the loud noises were heard, masses of people ran for the exits before dozens of police and emergency crews responded to the mall. The mall was placed on lockdown and some people were forced to shelter inside stores and backrooms for hours will police investigated.
Police said in a release Thursday that “There continues to be neither an indication that a gunshot was fired at Crabtree Valley Mall on Saturday, August 13, nor a means to definitively rule out that possibility.”
Those who made calls to 911, as well as others who believed they may have seen someone with a gun or someone who acted in a a suspicious manner, have spoken to police as part of the follow-up investigation.
Video from the mall has been reviewed and all the stores have been canvassed by an officer or a detective, police said in the release.
In addition to video being analyzed and interviews being completed, police have also investigated holes in the ceiling that had drawn attention from some at the scene. None of the holes have been determined to have come from a bullet.
Police also said that nobody investigated in connection with the incident has been found to have played a role in creating the sound.
A recording of the sound heard at the mall on Saturday has been submitted to the FBI for analysis, police said. The analysis has not been finished and a time frame for its completion has not been released. Police said that the FBI’s findings will be released to the public as soon as possible as long as doing so will not have an adverse affect on the investigation.
The Raleigh Police Department is continuing its follow-up investigation and continues to ask for any information that might relate to the cause of the sound. Anyone with such information who has not yet spoken to a detective is asked to call the department’s tip line at 919-834-HELP.
The FBI is now analyzing the loud sound heard at Crabtree Valley Mall. Raleigh police say no bullet holes were found pic.twitter.com/XxhPn4K3xs
— Jonathan Rodriguez (@JRodReports) August 18, 2016