Opry Mills Reopens One Day After Shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Opry Mills in Nashville reopened Friday, one day after a shooting claimed the life of a 22-year-old man. 

The mall opened its doors at 10 a.m. – less than 24 hours after a murder investigation began inside the building.  

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There was enhanced Metro Nashville Police presence to ensure that shoppers and staff feel safe. 

The shooting happened just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday inside a hallway near the Auntie Anne's pretzel shop, just across from Old Navy. 

The victim, Demarco Churchwell, was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center, where he later died. 

Police said the gunman is 22-year-old Justin Golson. He's been charged with homicide. 

As soon as shots were fired, shoppers scattered, terrified after hearing those gunshots.  

"I thought I was going to die, I thought I was never going to see my husband or daughter again,” one woman said. 

Churchwell and the alleged shooter apparently knew each other. Police said the shooting was the result of an ongoing fight between them. 

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