Crime & Courts

Police identify victim of Sunday shooting at Carolina Place Mall

Pineville police have released the identity of a man who was shot Sunday at Carolina Place Mall. Criminal charges have not been filed, police said.

Khali Amir Holmes, 24, of Charlotte died in the shooting, police said in a statement Monday. The investigation into the incident continues, police said.

The shooting happened at the DTLR store in the mall, just a few minutes after the mall opened at noon Sunday, police said. DTLR sells athletic and “urban lifestyle” clothing and shoes for men, women and children, according to its website.

The victim walked into DTLR and got into a physical fight with the employee before the shooting, police said. Investigators believe there may have been an “ongoing dispute” before the fight Sunday.

Holmes was pronounced dead inside the store. North Carolina court records show that Holmes was scheduled to appear in Iredell County court on Feb. 11 on a charge of statutory rape of a child and four counts of statutory sexual offenses with a child.

The suspect turned himself in to Pineville police less than an hour after the shooting, police said in a statement, but charges had not been filed as of 5:45 p.m. Sunday.

Because criminal charges have not been filed, police won’t release the name of the shooting suspect Pineville police Lt. Corey Copley wrote in a statement. That doesn’t mean charges won’t be filed, he added.

“We have to carefully weigh all the evidence in front of us, and that takes time and careful consideration,” Copley wrote in a statement. “We continue to investigate the relationship between the two individuals involved. This was not a random act.”

Police are re-interviewing witnesses and reviewing security camera video, the statement said, while working with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.

Dillard’s and other stores near DTLR in the mall were closed after the shooting, but the rest of the mall stayed open, WBTV reported. Police believe the shooting is an isolated incident.

Guns and “illegal weapons” are not allowed at Carolina Place Mall, according to the mall’s Code of Conduct. Police say they’re trying to find out how the employee had a gun, WBTV reported.

Jane Wester is a Charlotte native and has been covering criminal justice and public safety for The Charlotte Observer since May 2017.