CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A normally quiet shopping center turned violent just after midnight early Wednesday morning. A security guard shot and killed an armed, masked robbery suspect, according to police.
“Actually here's kind of a quiet shopping center, I'm actually kind of surprised that that happened,” said one woman who works nearby.
They were operating illegally, according to fire officials. Customers have been coming by today tugging on the door, but they're not open after the deadly shooting inside.
“I’m kind of shocked honestly because you don't see a lot of movement here, any violence or anything like that,” she said.
32-year-old Julian Harris and another man came into Queen City Skillvile, a gaming business on Albemarle Rd. and tried to rob the place, according to detectives.
They say Harris pointed a gun at some employees and a security guard shot Harris who then ran out the door and was found dead in the woods.
The other robbery suspect got away and hasn't been caught. Police say it seems the guard took action to keep others safe.
“In situations like that there's no legal justification that they have to warn someone that they're getting ready to use lethal force, it so rapidly evolved that he did what he thought he had to do to protect the people in the business,” said CMPD Captain Dozier.
A business that has now been shut down by the Charlotte Fire Department, the doors are locked and inspectors put up a notice on the door saying the business was operating illegally and that the owner didn't take the right steps with the county to be able to operate.
“I'm a little worried now, I guess I have to be cautious now."
A worker at a nearby business was on edge after hearing about the violence and upset knowing the situation turned deadly.
“It's very sad, it's very sad to hear, it's heartbreaking."
According to the notice on the door, this business won't be able to open back up until they take the required steps through the permitting process with Mecklenburg County.