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Teenager injured when gunshots rang out at Knightdale carnival near mall

KNIGHTDALE, NC (WNCN) — A teenager was wounded and two cars were hit when gunshots rang out Saturday night outside a carnival held next to a mall in Knightdale, officials said.

The incident was reported just after 8:45 p.m. at 1000 Shoppes At Midway Drive, which is near the US 64 store off Interstate 540.

Police said a 16-year-old boy was grazed by one of the bullets. The teenager was treated for minor injuries at WakeMed on Saturday night, according to a Knightdale press release.

The shooting happened nearby when a large crowd gathered at a crowded food stand and a fight broke out, police said.

A witness said at least two shots were fired outside the mall, which includes a Target and a Home Depot. Two cars were hit by gunfire.

“The shots caused some guests to duck for cover while others rushed to their vehicles to flee the scene,” Knightdale Police said in a statement.

According to video from the scene, a large crowd was gathered as many families were at the carnival, which offered rides and food.

Police said the carnival was the Special Olympics Spring Carnival.

“Words cannot begin to describe the anger we feel at this senseless act of violence,” Knightdale Police said
Chief Lawrence Capps said in a press release. “It reeks of lawlessness and a blatant disregard for the lives of others. It is a miracle no one was killed or seriously injured.”

Capps said police are trying to identify a suspect who was caught on cellphone video firing a gun.

The final day of the carnival was scheduled for Sunday but was canceled “out of prudence,” the press release said.

“Our annual Special Olympics Mardi Gras was meant to be a time of fun and celebration for a good cause. Instead, a small group of dissenters choose to endanger the lives of hundreds of people with their malicious actions,” Capps added in the press release.

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DUSTIN JONES

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