Opry Mills Shooting Suspect Had Stolen Gun, Police Say

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The suspect accused of fatally shooting a man inside Opry Mills in Nashville was carrying a stolen gun at work, according to police documents. 

Justin Golson was booked into the Davidson County Jail just after midnight Friday. Police said the 22-year-old confessed to using a stolen gun to shoot and kill Demarco Churchwell, also 22. 

The two were in an ongoing argument and things escalated when Churchwell found the suspect at the mall.  

Golson, who worked at the mall, allegedly fired off two shots – at least one of those bullets struck Churchwell in the neck.  

People inside the mall ran for safety, as others rushed to perform CPR. Churchwell was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center, where he died. 

Golson reportedly told detectives he did not see the victim with a weapon at the time of the shooting. He’s been charged with criminal homicide.  

Opry Mills planned to reopen Friday morning. 

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