Reporter gives eyewitness account after 2 people shot at New Jersey mall

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Two people were shot at a New Jersey mall Friday night and two more were in custody in a possible act of gang-related violence, officials said. 

The shooting occurred at around 6 p.m. at the Newport Centre mall in Jersey City.

The two victims were taken to a local hospital with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and arm, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said during a news conference.

No “friendly person” was struck by gunfire, Police Chief Michael Kelly said. 

Authorities did not confirm whether one of the people in custody was the shooter. Witnesses said the shooting was in the food court on the third floor of the mall. 

Scott Fallon, a reporter for and the USA TODAY Network, had taken the day off and was at the mall with his wife, Dawn, and daughter, Emma, when the shooting occurred.

To celebrate Emma’s 6th birthday, the family had attended a screening of “A Dog’s Way Home” in the movie theater, which shares space with the food court on the mall’s third level, when he heard gunfire.

“I heard a thump,” he said. “It may have been just one shot. I heard screaming and then an avalanche of people started running from the food court.”

Fallon had been on his way to the men’s room.

“I immediately turned and ran like hell back to where Dawn and Emma were,” he said. “I said, ‘There’s been a shooting.’ I grabbed Emma, held her in my arms and we ran through some exit doors into a hallway behind the theaters.”

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