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Shooting at a Virginia mall leaves one dead, police believe fight over money sparked shots fire

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Caitlyn Burchett

The Virginian-Pilot

A man is dead and two women are injured after a shooting at the MacArthur Center in downtown Norfolk.

Sirens could be heard throughout downtown as police cars swarmed one of the main entrances of the mall, located at 300 Monticello Avenue, just before 6:30 p.m.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene and two women were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with injuries, Norfolk police confirmed in a tweet. The injured women are expected to survive.

Police originally said a woman had been killed.

Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone told several media outlets that the shooting was apparently sparked by an argument about money and that he believed the victim and suspect were related.

Bardia Saeedi was at the interactive art exhibit “Play,” which he runs inside the mall, when he heard four to five shots.

“We freaked out and ran out of the back of the store,” he said of himself and the several customers inside the exhibit.

A few minutes later, Saeedi said he went back to the front of the store to close the security gate and saw police officers running down the corridor.

As of 9 p.m., the center’s main entrance on Monticello Avenue was still blocked off with crime scene tape.

An area near the NorVa concert venue had also been blocked off. The venue, located just down the street at 317 Monticello Avenue, was scheduled to host an R&B concert at 10 p.m. Saturday.

The shooting came on the same day as the funeral of Sierra Jenkins, a 25-year-old reporter for The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press, who was killed along with 25-year-old Devon M. Harris, of Portsmouth, in a shooting on March 19 less than two blocks from the MacArthur Center.

There were 17 people injured and four killed in several shootings that weekend in cities throughout Hampton Roads.

On Friday, violent crime was the focus of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, which is made up of the mayors and city administrators from the region. At the meeting, Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander said, “The short-term solution is enforcement — drug enforcement, code enforcement, traffic enforcement. We’re going to have a concerted effort to enforce the law.”

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