MEMPHIS, Tenn. - FOX13 has learned that three people were shot outside Wolfchase Galleria Tuesday evening, causing the mall to close its doors. Numerous teens were involved in a fight in the food court area when things escalated.
Memphis Police Department said it happened around 7:10 p.m. The fight ended near mall entrance #2 located by the Cheesecake Factory. Shots were fired outside the entrance moments later.
VIDEO: Moment shots were fired, sent by FOX13 viewer
Two of the victims were taken to St. Francis Bartlett in non-critical condition, and the third victim was taken to Regional One Medical Center also in non-critical condition. Two more people were injured in the incident, but were not shot.
There was a massive police presence at the mall, and hundreds of people were seen leaving in fear. A gun was later recovered in the parking lot near JC Penny. Investigators are working to learn if the weapon is connected to the mall shooting.
Seven people have been arrested in connection to the disturbance including six teenagers.
Marquice Lester, 23, was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon Wednesday morning.
Six teen suspects, whose ages range from 16 to 17, face several charges including unlawful possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Memphis police have not identified the suspects due to their ages.
Those injured in the shooting include two 17-year-old boys, a 43-year-old woman, a 15-year-old girl, and 23-year-old Marquice Lester.
Wolfchase Galleria released the following statement:
As always, our primary concern is for the safety of our customers and mall employees.
We are working closely with the Memphis Police Department during this ongoing investigation, and we ask that you please contact their PIO directly for additional information.
WOLFCHASE SHOOTING:— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCFOX13) December 27, 2017
This is the video police are investigating in connection to 3 people shot at the mall tonight.
All victims are in non-critical condition.
One is an adult, another a teen.
MPD has detained four people, both men and women. Investigation is very active. pic.twitter.com/Ay1XpSCPaD
#BREAKING— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCFOX13) December 27, 2017
Two people shot in Wolfchast mall.
4 people detained according to the MPD. Both victims in non-critical condition. Massive police presence here.
Hundreds of people leaving. pic.twitter.com/mblY2ZcHkW
THE MALL IS CLOSED:— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCFOX13) December 27, 2017
A loud speaker announced Wolfchase is now closed after multiple people were shot. pic.twitter.com/PGTJMOcOg6
#BREAKING EXCLUSIVE VIDEO:— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCFOX13) December 27, 2017
A gun was JUST found right next to me in the Wolfchase parking lot. A security guard saw it at the same time I did. Police now surrounding the pistol. @FOX13Memphis pic.twitter.com/7r23A0Abin
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