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2 teens arrested in shooting death of 13-year-old girl at North Carolina mall

Police in North Carolina have charged two teenagers with murder in the shooting death of a 13-year-old girl who was hit by gunfire when one of the teenagers fired at another boy he’d had an argument with inside Concord Mills Mall.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Avenanna Propst was pronounced dead at the scene of the December 28 shooting. Two other boys, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, were also shot but are recovering. Propst, the 15-year-old and the 16-year-old were not involved in the altercation that preceded the gunfire, police said.

Concord Police arrested Dontae Milton Black, 18, on Wednesday, charging him with first degree murder and felony riot. A 15-year-old, whose name was not released, was arrested on Friday on the same charges. Police said the younger boy is an acquaintance of Black’s.

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Dontae Milton Black/Concord Police Department

Police said that their investigation revealed that Black got into an argument with a 16-year-old boy inside the mall, and that the younger boy had seen Black’s weapon in his clothes as the argument escalated. Mall security told the teens to leave, directing Black and others with him out the mall’s entrance 1 near the AMC Theatres. The 16-year-old, fearing Black had a gun, left the mall through Dave & Buster’s. Black saw him outside that entrance, however, and opened fire, striking Propst and the other two boys.

Black was ordered held without bond in court on Thursday.

Investigators said they are still working to identify others who may have been involved in the initial altercation or the shooting.

Propst was an 8th grader at A.C.E. Academy in Concord and had been expected to graduate this year, WBTV reported.

Police also said the shooting death earlier on December 28 of 31-year-old Derron Jordan — Propst’s cousin — was not connected to the mall shooting.

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[Featured image: Avenanna Propst/Concord Police Department]