Family of Man Killed in Opry Mills Shooting Speaks Out

Posted at 10:10 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 23:25:36-04

After a shooting that sent people inside Opry Mills Mall frantically running for cover, the family of the man who was killed is speaking out.

They say Justin Golson -- the gunman who shot and killed DeMarco Churchwell --  should not be walking free tonight.

At the time, police said the shooting was a culmination of a beef between the two. But this week, prosecutors decided to drop the murder charge against Golson, saying Golson was acting in defense of his own life.

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Churchwell's cousin Ashia Vanzant says that decision has hurt her family even worse.

"Basically I was shocked because that's like saying anyone can just go out and kill somebody and they can walk away as a free killer, basically as a murderer," Vanzant said.

Churchwell's family says they may be considering further legal action.

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