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Shots fired during argument outside Brandon mall

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BRANDON, Fla. (WFLA) — Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office were called to respond to a situation at a Brandon mall on Friday evening but were quick to dispel social media rumors about an active shooting situation.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet there was no active shooter and no reported injuries after the situation at Westfield Brandon.

According to a sheriff’s office spokeswoman, an argument between two men broke out around 4 p.m. near the Club Vape kiosk in the mall. The men then went outside and continued to argue.

Once they were both outside, deputies said one of the men shot the other. The person who fired shots then left the scene in a car, the spokeswoman said.

The victim was taken to Tampa General Hospital and is expected to be OK. The shooter has not been taken into custody.

According to deputies, both people involved in the incident knew each other. The sheriff’s office said there is no threat to the public.

As a precaution, Westfield Brandon was placed on lockdown due to the incident but it was lifted before 5:30 p.m.

“Violence is never the answer, it is a senseless act that not only puts the involved parties in danger but also the lives of others, especially in a very public place like a mall,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement.

The Friday incident comes less than a month after shoppers ran for cover in an “unfounded shooting incident” at the mall. That incident turned out to be a mental health call after a man jumped from the second floor of a two-story carousel inside the mall and shouted indiscernible phrases at shoppers.

Earlier this year, there was another shooting incident at the mall where deputies said two suspects shot at an undercover deputy.

Friday’s incident also came just hours after multiple people were injured in a reported shooting at a North Carolina mall.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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