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Man hurt in Eastland Mall parking deck shooting

Two men brought an ongoing feud to the parking deck at Eastland Mall on Saturday afternoon, police say. Now one is in the hospital with a serious gunshot wound, and the other is on the run.

Police have not released the name of the injured man. He was shot in the shoulder, said Capt. Allan Rutledge, but the wound is not believed to be life-threatening.

Police have also not released the name or a description of the suspect. He fled in a burgundy Chevrolet Caprice with 22-inch rims. Rutledge said he didn't know what the dispute was about.

A witness who did not want to be identified told WCNC-TV, the Observer's news partner, that the men drove into the parking deck of Eastland Mall and appeared to be arguing. One man got out and the other shot him from inside the car and drove off, the witness said.

The mall never closed and it didn't appear that shoppers knew about the shooting until they saw police cars.

The shooting is another blow to the mall, which has been beset by violence in the past, including two shootings in one week in 2005.

Earlier this week, Eastland Mall's owners announced that they would no longer subsidize the mall, which has been losing money. Columbus, Ohio-based Glimcher Realty Trust has been trying to sell the mall for three years.

WCNC-TV contributed.
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