Police charge 2 in Black Friday mall shooting in Durham

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Romeo Pride and Jaquaay Walton (Durham County Sheriff’s Office photos via WNCN)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Police have charged two men in a Black Friday shooting at a North Carolina mall.

The Streets at Southpoint in Durham was packed with post-Thanksgiving shoppers on Nov. 26, when two men approached a vendor selling jewelry outside a store and one tried to rob him, police said. The vendor and would-be robber fired at each other, wounding the suspect and two bystanders, including a 10-year-old girl, police said. Three other people were injured as shoppers rushed for exits.

Durham police announced Wednesday that Romeo Pride, 26, of Durham, who was shot and seriously injured, was arrested after being released from the hospital, Nexstar’s WNCN reported. Pride is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed gun.

Jaquaay Walton, 31, of Virginia, who was charged last month with carrying a concealed gun, turned himself in and was released on bond, police added. Police said last month that Walton was not one of the two men who approached the jewelry seller, but did not further clarify his involvement in the incident. Police said more charges may be filed.

Court records do not list attorneys for either man.

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