THIS VIDEO WAS TAKEN OUTSIDE OPYRY MILLS MALL IN NASHVILLE,TN AND IS INTENDED TO BE FOR REVIEWING WHAT IS BEING REPORTED AND NOT A FINAL DETERMINATION. THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN START TO SEE IF IT IS A HOAX OR NOT....WITNESSES AND/OR HEROES ARE THE BIGGEST LIABILITY BECAUSE THEY HAVE USED SOME GOD AWFUL CRISIS ACTORS. I STUDY BODY LANGUAGE AND SPEECH ANALYSIS AND WATCH/LISTEN VERY CLOSELY TO EVERYBODY.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Employees and customers fled in fear after gunshots rang out in Opry Mills Mall on Thursday afternoon.
Metro Nashville Police said 22-year-old Justin Golson shot and killed 22-year-old Demarco Churchwell inside the mall around 2:30 p.m. Churchwell was shot in the neck and died from his injuries after several mall-goers tried to revive him.
Both men are from Nashville and have histories with the MNPD. Police believe 20-25 people witnessed some portion of the shooting are looking to interview them.
Fox 17 News spoke to several patrons and employees at the mall, who described the panicked chaos after the shots rang out inside the crowded shopping center.
Stephanie Parker said she was worried she would never see her family again when she and her coworkers sheltered inside the bathroom at Master Cuts.
"We’re all in there crying," Parker said. "I mean I’m 12 weeks pregnant, and I have a year and half old daughter at home, and I never thought I was gonna see her and my husband again. I never want my kids to grow up without me."
The MNPD said the shooting happened outside the LIDS and Auntie Anne’s in Opry Mills Mall. Both Antonio and Quashan Hunt work at LIDS and told Fox 17 News about what they saw right outside the store.
"I just seen a guy, who was talking some noise to someone, and then I saw five other guys come up and they surrounded him and started yelling and then you hear gunshots,"Hunt said.
He said he saw the victim on the ground and people trying to revive him. Antonio said he was showing up to work the nightshift when the shooting started.
Antonio said tomorrow will be a difficult day for the LIDS employees.
"It’s definitely gonna be hard, and I don’t know how we’re going to get through the day," Antonio said. "But I just hope this doesn’t become repetitive so hopefully we can get a better day."
Jayla also works at Opry Mills Mall and said she was in a manager’s meeting when the shooting happened.
"It’s just so unreal," Jayla said. "Especially after the Waffle House shooting, anything is possible nowadays."
Mandy Murphy got the phone call no parent wants; her two children and one grandchild were inside the mall’s cafeteria when the shots rang out.
"Well at first I didn’t believe it, and then I realized when I heard their voice it was really happening and I just want to get to them and hold them and put my arms around them," Murphy said.
Her family members met at the mall to do some prom shopping. After they hear the gunfire, they told Murphy it was out of control and everyone just ran out.
"You wake up, don’t plan for these things and it’s at home now," Murphy said. "It’s just hard. I just want my kids."
Murphy said she wasn’t able to get to her children, but she knows they’re safe.
"I work at an elementary school and I know the reality of all this but you just don’t ever think it’s going to happen," Murphy said. "It’s hard to stay in your bubble, but right now I would like to stay in my bubble."
Officers identified Antioch native Justin Golson as the shooter. He was being interview by police on Thursday night with charges expected to come later.