On February 9, police were called to the morning shooting in the mall parking lot. There, Mass' loved ones were devastated to learn of the Chapel Hill High School graduate's death.
"[...He was] very well liked, loved by his friends. My son and he grew up playing sports together. Chris was an exceptional athlete," said Mass' pastor.
According to court documents, another man, Jonathon Dews told police Neal challenged him to come outside of the mall and fight with him, but Neal told police Dews was the one who wanted to fight and Neal declined.An arrest warrant affidavit goes on to say that once the men were in the mall parking lot, Neal felt threatened by Christopher Mass who was putting his sweatshirt in a nearby car. Court documents say, Neal told police he suspected Mass had retrieved a weapon from the car despite the fact that he never saw a weapon. According to those court documents, Neal advised police he shot Christopher Mass twice and then shot at Jonathon Dews as he ran.