Two people exchange gunfire inside Perimeter Mall

Dunwoody police say two people exchanged gunfire inside Perimeter Mall late Friday afternoon. 

The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. near the food court. 

Nancy Myerson used Facebook to let her friends and family know she was safe. She hid in the backroom of a store after the shots were fired inside the mall.

"We heard massive shooting. There were five to six progressive shots, everyone was running," Myerson told FOX 5.

Authorities raced to the mall and found one man on the ground near the food court. 

"I was eating my burrito and I heard bang, bang, bang, bang, bang," said Haynes Vicente, who was in the food court during the shooting. "I just got up, grabbed my girl, and we ran."

SkyFOX flew over the mall, which is  located off Ashford Dunwoody Road, where numerous police cars with flashing lights and a fire truck could be seen in the parking lot. Numerous people could be seen walking exiting the area.

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At least one person was injured in a shooting at Perimeter Mall on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 (FOX 5).

According to investigators, the suspect and the victim had a brief argument before the suspect pulled out a gun and fired a shot. They say the victim returned fire, striking the suspect.

Authorities searched videos, and soon learned who they were looking for and what they were driving. They caught up with the man who they believe is the shooter at the Pleasant Dale Crossing Apartments, about 15 minutes from the mall.

For many, it was a tense and terrifying shopping trip they won't soon forget.

"It was terrifying. I immediately called my husband and my mom," one shopper told FOX 5. "I started praying, and my mom prayed on the phone with me and helped calm me down."

Throughout the evening, police still had a large area inside Perimeter Mall near the food court blocked off while they continued their investigation. Authorities have not yet identified the suspect.