Shots fired outside Durham mall

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 11:08 PM

Three men were in custody Thursday after reports of shots fired outside Macy’s at Northgate Mall.

No injuries were reported, although a car was damaged.

An off-duty Durham County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a disturbance in the parking lot about 4 p.m. One suspect was caught after trying to flee, said Kammie Michael, Durham Police Department spokeswoman.

It’s unclear how many shots were fired, although at least 10 bright orange evidence markers were visible on the pavement within a cordoned area of the parking lot. The parking lot was near the Gregson Street entrance to the mall, between Macy’s and Bank of America.

One person was arrested in connection with the shooting, Michael said. The other two were picked up on outstanding warrants.

Police charged Devonte Keith, 20, of Glenbrook Drive with possession of a stolen firearm, discharging a firearm within city limits, carrying a concealed weapon, going armed to the terror of the public and resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

The men arrested on warrants were Alvis Gentry, 19, and Gerald Melvin, 27.

When a reporter tried talking to bystanders outside the mall, he was ordered off the property by Mike Michaels, director of Northgate Mall security.

“This is a crime scene,” Michaels said. “This is private property. We’re not allowing the media here.”

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