TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man was shot in the Northgate Mall in Tullahoma, and the mother of the alleged gunman is publicly asking him to surrender to police.
Tullahoma Police officials say 22-year-old Hugh "Adam" Keckritz of Franklin County is wanted for the shooting that happened Thursday.
He's accused of shooting a 20-year-old man in the stomach, after an argument near the arcade inside the mall, according to police. The victim is in serious, but stable condition at Erlinger Hospital in Chattanooga.
The victim’s family says he does not know Keckritz, who was reportedly in the mall with another man and two children. The family says something sparked an argument and that the unarmed victim was pistol whipped and as he turned to run he was shot in the back. They say the suspect stole his cellphone and then drove away from the scene.
Police pinged the stolen cellphone to a vacant field. They have now been looking for Keckritz for the past 24 hours with a felony arrest warrant.
Police officials said Keckritz should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.
His mother, Joy-Tammy Carr, reached out to NewsChannel 5's Nick Beres, with a message for her son.
"Addie, Please do the right thing now so nobody else gets hurt. The police have raided some of our homes looking for you. Please son, for All of us do the right thing! You are strong and more than loved. I love you no matter what, mom.”
Anyone with information on the shooting or where Keckritz is, was asked to contact Investigator Johnny Gore at firstname.lastname@example.org, the Tullahoma Police Department at 931-455-0530, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department at 931-570-5619 or Coffee County Consolidated Communications at 931-455-3411.