The man killed inside a Brooklyn Target was part of a large group that chased the shooter inside the shopping center with a large knife, police said Thursday.
Carlton Spencer, 25, was blasted at least once in the chest inside the store on the second floor of City Point Mall at about 11:35 p.m. on Wednesday, cops said.
He was rushed to Brooklyn Hospital Center and pronounced dead, authorities said.
The crew of about six or seven people, including Spencer, allegedly chased the 44-year-old man as he made his way into the Downtown Brooklyn mall, police said.
One of the members of the group was carrying a large knife, possibly a machete, a police source said.
The crowd had a brief confrontation with building security before fighting with the 44-year-old, prompting him to flash a gun, cops said.
Spencer approached the gunman, who then shot him, according to authorities.
As the group fled the scene, the 44-year-old handed the gun to a 26-year-old man, who ditched the weapon, police said.
Cops arrested the two men about a block away from the mall after a brief pursuit. They recovered the knife outside the store.
The 26-year-old suspect also had a knife on him, police said.
Four other men — ages 22, 21 and 21, along with another who refuses to identify himself to authorities — are also in police custody, cops said.
Police sources said Spencer, a suspected gang member, had been arrested two days prior to the incident on a robbery charge.
“Late last night, a small group of individuals entered our Brooklyn store and got into an altercation that involved one man being shot,” said Danielle Schumann, a Target spokeswoman.
Schumann noted that the store was immediately evacuated and closed as cops investigated.
“Target appreciates the quick response of the NYPD and we send our deepest condolences to the victim and his family,” she added.
Additional reporting by Ben Feuerherd.
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