One shooter has reportedly been captured and taken into police. Officials originally reported searching for a second shooter.
“The suspected gunman left the mall building and immediately surrendered,” police said.
The shooting took place on Thursday afternoon in Davidson County, and police say they have blocked off the area.
The Nashville Fire Department tweeted that it was on the scene, helping police evacuate the area, and is tending to the victims.
“Our personnel is on scene at Opry Mills Mall. One patient transported to Vanderbilt in Critical Condition,” the fire department tweeted.
Our personnel is on scene at Opry Mills Mall. One patient transported to Vanderbilt in Critical Condition. pic.twitter.com/kPHyK2sU11
— Nashville Fire Dept (@NashvilleFD) May 3, 2018
According to the Tennessean, reporting on information from Twitter, at least one person was injured. The outlet reported that one person was allegedly shot in the neck.
WSMV reports that all local schools in the area have been evacuated due to the shooting and a second shooter being on the loose.
“Metro PD has closed the exits to Opry Mills Mall off Briley Pkwy. Officers redirecting traffic for now on response to shooting. 1 suspect in custody, police searching for another,” WSMV reporter Briona Arradondo tweeted.
Metro PD has closed the exits to Opry Mills Mall off Briley Pkwy. Officers redirecting traffic for now on response to shooting. 1 suspect in custody, police searching for another.
— Briona Arradondo (@BrionaWSMV) May 3, 2018
The Metro Nashville Police Department reported that officers were sweeping the mall to ensure no other potential suspects were still present.
BREAKING: Dispute at Opry Mills Mall results in gunfire. One person shot. Suspected shooter in custody. No additional imminent threat known. Mall being swept by MNPD officers as a precaution.
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) May 3, 2018
Jayla Chapple, an 18-year-old employee, said she was at the mall when the shooting took place. She said she hid in the back of Moe’s Southwest Grill when two people rushed in saying they heard gunshots and there was a shooter.
Chapple said the employees ran outside through the exit and were seeking safety.
“I really didn’t have time to think that much, but get out of there,” she said.
Troopers happened to be doing motorcycle training in the mall’s parking lot at the time, so they set up a perimeter to support the responding police officers, Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller said.
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