UPDATE: James Dailey heard the shots from his kiosk at NorthPark Mall, Davenport.
Shortly before noon, emergency responders arrived after reports of gunfire at the mall.
Dailey, of Davenport, who runs the Elite Sports Pack kiosk at NorthPark, talked about his experience moments afterward.
“Whenever it happened, everybody started scattering,” said Dailey, who heard the shots. “It was a small gun, it sounded like maybe a firecracker almost. But I knew the difference.”
He saw a car that “peeled off” in the back – “Maybe they were scared, maybe they were picking somebody up. I’m not sure,” he said.
The shell casings were around a vending machine, past Express (Factory Outlet,) he said. “I just went inside to make sure everybody was all right, at that point. Everybody had cleared out.”
“With Covid going on also, it’s been a very hard year,” he said. “I feel like this is going to be really hard on us.”
He thinks people may think twice about coming out to Christmas shop.
Two people were wounded at NorthPark earlier this year on July 16.
EALIER UPDATE: Davenport Police said two groups of people had a “verbal altercation” that escalated when one person fired two shots.
Police said “no injured individuals were located at the scene,” but casings were found.
The groups involved left the scene.
Police said a northwest section of the mall was temporarily closed, but the entire mall has reopened for business and officers remain at the area.
EARLIER UPDATE: Emergency responders are at NorthPark Mall in Davenport after a report of shooting.
A witness who heard gunfire told Local 4 News she saw three people running and helped a worker at the store she was in close the barricade.
Another witness told Local 4 News that he saw shell casings.
Local 4 News was first on the scene.
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