It happened at the The Mills at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth.
Elizabeth City officials said there was no shooting in the mall, although that was the initial report that came in.
They say the incident was a fight only. During the fight, a chair was thrown and created a loud noise. Police say someone shouted gun, which led to the chaos.
A couple of people were injured as they tried to evacuate the mall.
Videos posted on social media show a stampede-like scenario play out.
This video shows some people running inside one of the stores:
And this video shows heavy police presence in the mall:
There was gridlock in and around the mall between people evacuating and law enforcement responding.