Two people were shot at Newport Centre mall in Jersey City, NJ, on Friday night and two more were in custody in a possible act of gang-related violence, officials said.
The two victims were taken to Jersey City Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and arm, Mayor Steve Fulop said during a press conference. They were in critical but stable condition. No "friendly person" was struck by gunfire, Police Chief Michael Kelly said.
Authorities did not confirm if one of the people in custody was the shooter. Police first received a report of a fight in the food court and then the shots were fired, Kelly said.
When asked if the shooting was gang-related Kelly said, "It's a possibility."
"We know some of the players here, we know some of the victims," the chief said, "and we certainly think that they weren’t up to anything good."
One of the victims, Jaleel Holmes, had an arrest warrant out over the last two days for a shooting at Grant Avenue in Jersey City, Fulop said. Authorities did not name the two people in custody or state if any charges were filed.
The mall was expected to be closed for several hours during the investigation.