Why Police Didn’t Alert Public on Mall Shooting

        If you were inside Hamilton Place mall around 5:30 on Saturday evening you probably had no idea a gunman was on the loose inside.
        That’s because police and mall officials made no effort to put the mall on lock down or even let people know what was going on.
        Assistant Neighborhood Police Chief Erik Tucker says they didn’t feel 18 year old Jeremy Wynn was a threat to the shoppers.
        "In this case it was a specific group that he was in conflict with.. It was not everybody else shopping at the mall," said Tucker
        He said the incident happened after a confrontation went on inside between Wynn and a few other men that led outside.
        As the other men were walking to their cars, Wynn fired one shot towards them and ran back inside the mall.
        People we spoke with are disturbed that an active shooter was inside the mall, and no one knew.
        "People had the right to make a choice and they should have known, police should have made it known," said shopper Tom Means.
       
        Hamilton Place Mall owners CBL Properties released this statement:

        "On Saturday May 30, 2015 at approximately 5:30 p.m. an argument broke out and a single shot was fired in the parking lot.  This was an isolated incident and one which we take very seriously. 

We will continue to work with the Chattanooga Police Department on the investigation.  One of our top priorities is to provide a comfortable, convenient and enjoyable shopping experience for our customers, retail partners and employees."

        Wynn is wanted on charges of felony reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and possession of a firearm with intent to go armed.
        If you have information about where he is contact the Chattanooga police department.

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