16-Year-Old Shot After Popcorn Store Theft, Causing Mall Panic

16-year-old Za'Lill D'Chelle Patterson opened fire inside Northpark Mall in Ridgeland, Mississippi, on Sept. 17. Patterson grabbed a revolver after being

caught shoplifting at 5:20 p.m., according to CBS 42. The business owner shot Patterson in self-defense, according to Ridgeland Police Chief Brian Myers.

Gunshots prompted fear in the mall. A father and kid were spending time together as the boy tried on his first Jordans. When the father started filming, gunfire rang out. They hid in a shop.

WJTV claimed that mall customers, including parents with children and the elderly, ran for their lives.

Patterson was taken to a hospital before being charged for aggravated assault with a weapon. Teen charged as an adult. Myers said the business owner was cooperating with authorities.

"It's bad. We've never experienced this at a mall. We won't accept it. Myers: "We'll act"


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