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Shooting at Nashville mall leaves 1 victim critically injured; suspect in custody

Shooting at Nashville mall leaves 1 victim critically injured; suspect in custody

Police say both suspect and victim are 22 years old and from Nashville.

An emergency vehicle redirects traffic outside Opry Mills mall Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.

The shooting could not be heard over scenes in the new Avenger's movie. The retired officer was at a nearby ticket booth when witnesses ran in screaming, "Shooter!"

Troopers immediately responded to assist the Metro Nashville Police Department. Authorities said the mall was evacuated, the adjacent Grand Ole Opry House and convention center were put on lockdown, police officers responded in force, and at least a half a dozen ambulances converged on the scene.

While police maintain that the shooting was an isolated incident, they did say that there would be an increased police presence on site.

According to the Nashville Fire Department, the person is in critical condition.

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Tonya youthful explained she hurried into the spectacle when she heard concerning the capturing because her 17-year-old daughter, Victoria Holt, will work one of those shops. Chapple, a shift chief on the restaurant, says staff ran exterior by way of a rear exit.

"I just saw people running", she said, before she and her co-workers hid in a back room in the restaurant.

The mall, Nashville's largest shopping center, has since been cleared.

Dave O'Brien, a reporter on the File-Courier in Kent, Ohio, says he was in Nashville to take a look at CrimeCon - a conference of true crime lovers.

Metro Nashville Police said in a tweet Thursday that there is no further threat at the Opry Mills Mall following the gunfire.

Investigators are still hoping to establish the 2 men fought and also what prompted Demarco Churchwell, who died Thursday at a healthcare facility to be supposedly shot by Justin Golson. Police said the gunman then gave up his weapon and surrendered, saying he didn't want any more trouble.