Police Release Images Of 'Suspect' In Shooting Outside Concord Mills That Killed A Girl
Concord Police have released two blurry images of security video that show a man wearing a red and white checkered hooded sweatshirt. Police say he is a suspect in the shooting outside Concord Mills Saturday night.
Thirteen-year-old Avenanna Propst of Concord was killed in the shooting and two teenage boys were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. As of 6:30 p.m Sunday, police have not released the boys' names. Concord Police Chief Gary Gacek tweeted Sunday night the 15-year-old and 16-year-old "are lucky to be alive."
Earlier Saturday evening, another shooting at Lincoln St. and Polk Ave. in Concord killed 31-year-old Derron Jordan. He was a cousin of Propst's, according to Concord Police Major Bobby Ledwell. Police have obtained warrants for the arrest of 16-year-old Omarionne Hudson of Concord in that shooting. At this time police have not been able to link the two incidents, says Ledwell.
The man in the security video was seen shortly before the shooting in the mall parking lot showing a gun, according to a press release from the Concord Police Department. Shortly afterwards, police say, witnesses saw him firing a gun in the direction of the sports bar Dave and Buster's. The photos are blurry, but police say they are hopeful someone can identify the suspect because of the "uniqueness of the red and white hoodie."
"It's highly unlikely this 'person of interest' went to the mall alone or is otherwise anonymous! Someone knows who he is and we NEED the public's help!" tweeted Chief Gacek Sunday night.
Officers responded to reports of a fight near the parking lot entrance to Dave and Buster's at Concord Mills Mall around 8:40 p.m. Saturday, according to Concord Police. As they were responding, the department received reports of gunfire.
When officers arrived they found two teenagers with gunshot wounds and Propst who died at the scene.
Concord Police tweeted around 9 p.m. that officers were trying to clear the area and conduct an investigation. At the time, the department stressed it was not an active shooter situation, but they urged people to avoid the area.
The two shooting survivors were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a statement from police.
Police are asking anyone with information to call 704-920-5000 or Cabarrus County Crime Stoppers at 704-93-CRIME.