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One hospitalized in shooting at southwest Virginia mall

Police closed down Valley View Mall in Roanoke, Virginia, Saturday night after responding to reports of shots fired, the Roanoke Times reports.

One person has been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries in what the paper said was a fight between two groups of people.

Roanoke Police Chief Sam Roman told WSLS there were four shots fired just after 6:30 p.m. but only one victim, who was taken to Carilion Roanoke Hospital.

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Mall officials closed the the facility and Roanoke police officers and Virginia State Police troopers worked to clear patrons.

Roman said some employees were still inside and would be escorted out once officers had cleared all the common areas.

Valley View officials said the fight began when several people engaged in a verbal altercation, and that led to one of the people involved firing a gun.

There have been no arrests, and Roman didn’t say if there were any suspects.

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[Featured image: Screenshot from WSLS video]