22-Year-Old Nashville Mall Shooting Victim Dies; Suspect Taken Into Custody

UPDATE: Police say the 22-year-old man shot in a dispute at a Nashville mall has died and that a retired police officer visiting from California helped take the suspect into custody.

Police spokesman Don Aaron says police first got a call at 2:23 p.m about a shooting. He says the shooting followed an argument between two men in a hallway at the Opry Mills mall and that the suspect quickly surrendered.

According to Aaron, the suspect put his weapon on a counter at a ticket booth in the mall and told the ticket taker he wanted no further trouble. Aaron says a retired California police officer stepped in and ordered the man to the ground. The suspect was then taken into custody.

Police say both the suspect and victim are both 22-year-old Nashville residents.

EARLIER: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville police said a suspect is in custody and there’s no further threat after a person was wounded inside Nashville’s Opry Mills Mall.

The mall was evacuated after reports of gunfire that prompted a large police response. At least half a dozen ambulances converged on the scene. One person was taken in critical condition to Skyline Medical Center, the Nashville Fire Department said in a tweet.

Troopers were already in the mall’s parking lot doing motorcycle training, so they set up a perimeter to support the responding police officers, Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller said.

Metro Nashville Police said in a tweet Thursday that there is no further threat at the Opry Mills Mall, but officers were sweeping the property as a precaution.

SOURCE: The Associated Press