A gunman shot four people in Greenville, N.C., before being shot by police, Mayor Allen Thomas told CNN.
Shortly before noon, the gunman approached and shot one person in a parking lot at the Kellum Law Firm and then three people in the parking lot of a Walmart, police said.
The man, armed with a shotgun, was walking through the Walmart parking lot when he disobeyed police orders to drop the weapon, police said. He fired the shotgun at police officers, who returned fired and shot him, police said.
Even after he was wounded, the gunman refused to comply with police commands to surrender, and officers used the cover of a vehicle to approach and arrest him, police said.
The victims were transported to a hospital. Their conditions and that of the gunman were not known.
The incident occurred near Landmark Street and Greenville Boulevard, police said.
The man shot first was a Geico insurace adjustor, WCTI-TV reported.
Police Chief Hassan Aden told the TV station that officers were working to identify the suspect. Police did not release a description of the shooter or a motive.
According to WCTI, witnesses at a Japanese steakhouse said they they heard several booms. They also told the TV station that they heard gunshots from behind a Toys R' Us and saw people running from the scene.