High Point police respond to reports of ‘active shooter’ at the Palladium; find 2 cars damaged, no threat to the public

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HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) –A shooting at a popular shopping center in High Point forced businesses to go on lockdown Sunday.

Original reports described an active shooter at the Palladium. But police believe it was only random shots fired into some vehicles.

Luckily no one was injured.

Witnesses who work at local businesses that night described the scene. 

Buddy Harp was waiting tables at a nearby restaurant that night and said a police officer came in to warn them they were on lockdown.

“’You’re on lockdown. Don’t let anyone leave, don’t let anyone come in, there’s been a shooting. Your parking lot is closed,’” said Harp, of what the officer told them.

“We were on lockdown for about 20-25 minutes,” Harp said. 

The first calls came in around 10:15 p.m. 

“We heard six, seven gunshots outside the Regal Palladium,” a witness told 911 dispatchers. 

“Someone was shooting towards Ham’s parking lot and there were people out in the patio area, but they’re all on the inside now,” another witness explained.

Harp said two people came into his restaurant to seek shelter as police searched for evidence of the suspect and the vehicle. 

“Probably a good 15 cars of cops, lights, then you look down this road there’s just cops walking in the neighborhood, in the street, everywhere,” Harp said. 

He said during the lockdown he knew he had to remain calm for the customers’ sake.

“You just got to keep doing your job, smile, and keep them occupied and not worried about the situation,” Harp said. 

While High Point police say no one was injured, there were two vehicles struck and three reports of property damage. 

Police say they are unsure if the shooting was targeted.

People who frequent the shopping center say this incident is making them think twice about what times they go to the Palladium. 

“I come here every day for lunch and I’m here all the time so it’s scary to think that I could’ve been here while it was going on,” Erica Harrelson said. “Which isn’t fair to people who are just trying to live and have a good night.”

Some are using this experience as a reminder to be aware of their surroundings. 

“Keep your head on a swivel. Know who’s around you at all times,” Harp said. 

Police described the suspect’s vehicle as a white or light-colored SUV, possibly a Nissan Pathfinder. 

If you have any information, you’re asked to call the High Point Police Department. 

FOX8 did reach out to HPPD about whether this was a place they wanted to increase patrols at. They said the movie theater does have police security on Friday and Saturdays, but that this single incident has not brought about that discussion just yet.

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