BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore County Police say an argument inside a Target in Owings Mills store ended when one person fired a shot during an argument.
There was chaos and fear inside the store Monday.
“All of a sudden, you heard screaming, and then you heard another big boom and everybody just started to run,” shopper Allison Heyman said.
Police say two men walked into the cafe area around 5:40 p.m. and got into a verbal fight with another man. As the two men were walking off, one of the suspects stopped, turned around, pulled out a handgun and shot at the victim.
Shoppers in the store heard the loud bangs, and for some, the only escape was out a back door and through the woods.
“It just didn’t seem real. It really didn’t seem real and then everybody started running for that door — that warehouse door — and when I saw the door to the outside, it was like a relief,” Heyman said.
Authorities say the two suspects and the victim all ran out of the store. Police believe all three know each other.
There is no evidence at this time that anyone was shot.
“My wife got a text from my daughter, she was freaking out, so me and my son sped down here to see what was going on,” Frank Newsome said.
Police are reviewing surveillance as they try to find the person who pulled out the gun in the busy store.
“There’s potential for a perfectly innocent bystander to have been struck by gunfire. Luckily, in this case, that did not happen,” said Baltimore County Police spokesperson Ofc. Jennifer Peach.
The store will remain closed Monday night.
Target officials say they will give surveillance video to investigators.