Man critically injured in shooting in Opry Mills mall

Posted at 7:12 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 23:47:15-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A 19-year-old was critically injured in a shooting at Opry Mills mall Wednesday night.

Metro Nashville Police officials said it happened about 100 yards from the food court outside the Tillys and T-Mobile stores.

Officials said it was a targeted shooting between two groups of people - a group of three and a group of five - both of which police say had armed individuals.

Surveillance video shows the two groups, walking toward each other. And before either group interacts with one another, a man in the group of three people pulls a gun from his waistband and shoots three shots toward the others, according to MNPD Spokesman Don Aaron.

Detectives are working to identify the gunman seen on the surveillance video and asked for the public's help. Anyone with information on the man pictured below was asked to call 615-742-7463.

The man was in a group of three and was seen walking with the two people pictured below.

The victim was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Police say everyone scattered right after the shooting and no one has been taken into custody. However, officers found two guns in the parking lot near the movie theater and Dave and Busters.

Opry Mills released the following statement in regards to the shooting:

“As this is an ongoing investigation, please direct all inquiries to the Metro Nashville Police Department.”

The last time a shooting happened at the mall was in 2018 when a 22-year-old man was shot and killed after an argument inside the mall.