‘I have never in my life been this scared’: Valley View Mall employees react to the shooting

One employee said it was already a scary day in the mall before the shots went off

Police respond to person shot inside Valley View Mall
Police respond to person shot inside Valley View Mall

ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke’s largest shopping center became a crime scene Saturday night.

A person was shot inside of Valley View Mall a little before 7 p.m., a terrifying scene for employees such as Brandi Jarvis.

“Just a pop, pop, pop. That’s when everybody realized it was a shooting. People started running in the store. We tried to rush as many customers in the back as we could,” said Jarvis.

Molly Cummings, another mall employee, spoke to 10 News about her experience as well.

“I have worked in this mall at many different stores for five years now, and I have never in my life been this scared,” she said.

As law enforcement agencies from all across the area converged on Valley View, Police Chief Sam Roman outlined what happened within.

“There was some kind of argument in the mall between two different groups of people. During that incident, shots were fired which resulted in one injury,” said Roman during a press conference.

Cummings says it was already a scary day in the mall before the shots went off.