A Brooklyn mall was evacuated Saturday evening after a teenage gunman allegedly opened fire in the Kings Plaza Shopping Center on Flatbush Avenue.
Police believe that Quentin Raymond, 16, fired at least one shot into the crowded mall, then passed the gun off to Jeremy Denard, also 16. Between one to three shots were fired just before 6 p.m. on Saturday, police said, and no one was reportedly injured.
According to witnesses, the eruption of gunfire led to widespread panic in the mall, and shoppers were instructed to evacuate.
“It was pretty chaotic, pretty frantic,” Sade Abiadun told CBS. “I’ve lived in New York all my life. Whenever you hear, ‘boom, boom’ inside a building, it can’t be firecrackers. You exit.”
“People were definitely panicking, grabbing for their children and looking for the nearest exit,” Eva Ponomar, 13, told the Daily News. “I wasn't sure if I should stay or run because I felt that both options were unsafe.”
Following the incident, the NYPD Counterterrorism Unit tweeted that the shooting was "criminal in nature & NOT an active shooter incident."
Within hours, both teenagers had been arrested and charged with attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and reckless endangerment. Raymond was also charged with criminal use of a firearm.
One shell casing was discovered in the vicinity of the Michael Kors storefront, police said.
Police do not yet have a motive for the shooting.