Police search for men who opened fire at Wolfchase - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police search for men who opened fire at Wolfchase

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Police are investigating after two suspects fired a gun outside Wolfchase Galleria on Wednesday night.

According to police, the suspects ran up to two men as they were leaving the mall and opened fire as the victims were in their car.  They were not hit.

The incident happened in the east parking lot, near the carousel, according to police.

One shopper who we'll refer to as "Kim" said she and her family were in the food court having dinner at the time of the shooting.

"Everybody all got up at once and started running everywhere," said Kim.  "We thought that the shooter was inside and he would be coming in just shooting."

Police found eight shell casings in the parking lot by the carousel.

One shopper's car was hit when shots were fired.  She told WMC Action News 5, "Living in Memphis about all my life, I've never experienced something like this."

Many shoppers said they're now questioning if it's safe to shop at Wolfchase or any mall in Memphis. 

"You really have to watch your back at the mall," said shopper Melanie Creek.

According to recent crime reports, this incident is at least the fourth "shots fired" call near Wolfchase Galleria in recent months.

The WMC Action News 5 Investigators uncovered that police were called to Wolfchase Galleria nearly 400 times between October of last year and April of this year.

There have been 155 crimes reported at the mall so far in 2015. That's much higher than other Memphis malls like Hickory Hill with four, Oak Court at 74, Raleigh Springs at 13 and Southland at 86.

There was a teen fight during the busy Christmas season.  Plus, a  Memphis man was arrested, accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint.

There was also a fight between two men involving cars and crowbars in the mall's parking lot, according to Memphis Police.

However, other shoppers said crime can happen anywhere.

"In your neighborhood, at a grocery store, convenience store," said shopper Felicia Holley.

Meanwhile, Wolfchase Galleria's  General Manager Charles Tarkington released a statement Thursday:

“Crime is low at Wolfchase Galleria, which we attribute to our comprehensive security program. We employ extensive security measures which include working closely with the Memphis Police Department, providing 24 hour interior and exterior security patrols, monitoring our CCTV channels and more. Our top priority remains the safety of our shoppers and employees.”

No one has been arrested in this recent incident, so if you have any information call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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