WILLINGBORO, N.J. - Authorities are investigating a shooting that left a man wounded in the parking lot of the Willingboro Town Center off of Route 130.
"Shocked. I was shocked," says Hung Tran, a nail tech at Nail Splash, after hearing gunshots outside of his Willingboro, N.J. nail salon around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Tran says his coworkers frantically locked the front door. Employees and customers sheltered in place until police arrived.
"We told everybody to stay inside. We don’t want anybody to get hurt. You never know what’s gonna happen," Tran added.
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According to investigators, someone opened fire near the Panda Garden Chinese Food restaurant. The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office says one man was airlifted to Cooper Hospital and was undergoing surgery Monday night.
One woman who didn’t want to be identified says she was with her children inside of their car when the shots rang out. She was trying to pick up dinner.
The woman told FOX 29’s Jennifer Joyce, "It’s making me shaky just to relive it again."
The woman explained that she and her children stayed put, while another witness from a nearby hair salon rushed to the shooting victim’s aid. "[The shooting victim] was talking. He was having an asthma attack at the same time and was asking for his asthma pump," she explained.
According to police, no arrests have been made. Detectives spent the night collecting evidence from the scene.
This startling strip mall shooting comes just four days after a 17-year-old was shot and killed a few miles down the road at a Burlington Township Walmart.
No arrests have been made and no further updates are expected Monday.