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Woman seeks to get gifts to shopper after mall shooting fray

A Charlotte woman is trying to reunite a shopper with lost Christmas presents. (Source:WBTV) A Charlotte woman is trying to reunite a shopper with lost Christmas presents. (Source:WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A Charlotte woman is trying to reunite a shopper with their lost Christmas presents.

Janell Duport was one of the shoppers who fled Northlake Mall Sunday after a shooting outside the Journey’s shoe store. The shooting came after an altercation in front of the store. Witnesses tell WBTV the shooting was in retaliation to a shooting that involved the deceased suspect's brother.

18-year-old suspect Daquan Westbrook was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer during the incident in the mall. CMPD says Thomas Ferguson, the off-duty officer, arrived on scene after hearing shots fired inside the mall.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the suspect pointed a gun in the direction of the officer before being shot. 

“I mean everyone was in a panic and to see that someone lost their life on a holiday is just heart-breaking,” said Duport in an interview Friday.

She said she is an employee at the Forever 21 store in the mall. She said she was off-the-clock, but helping another shopper look at gifts Thursday, when the shots rang out. Her and other store employees fled the area.

“We just went into the bathroom and just hid in there cause we didn’t know what was going on,” said Duport.

She said it was then that she realized she still had a shopper’s bags in her hand. The items included an expensive purse and a perfume kit. When Duport came out of hiding, the man she was helping had fled the store.

“I still feel bad about it because he spent money, his hard-earned money, on these gifts and now it’s Christmas and he can’t give it to his family,” said Duport.

She said she hopes the media attention will help the shopper find her and get the gifts back. She said she is glad the man didn’t try to risk his own safety and get the items before fleeing the mall.

“You can replace those things, but you can’t replace people,” said Duport.

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