CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Chattanooga Police released new details about a reported shots fired call that caused chaos at Hamilton Place Mall Saturday. Police determined that there is no evidence to support claims that a firearm was discharged during the incident. One juvenile sustained minor injuries in “Riot” at the Mall, according to police.
Chattanooga Police say around 6:09 p.m. they responded to reports of shots fired in the Hamilton Place Mall.
When they arrived, they say that they received information about a large fight where a male displayed a firearm.
Police say based on the information received, Chattanooga Police decided in the interest of safety, they needed to evacuate the mall .
This is when police began searching the mall. After reviewing mall surveillance video from Hamilton Place’s “recently upgraded surveillance video” they say they were quickly able to confirm the fight and a suspect brandishing a firearm
Witnesses told police that several people shouted “Gun!, He has a Gun!” which escalated into panic. This is believed to have caused “a mass movement of patrons out of the immediate area,” according to police.
Police say at least one juvenile was injured and transported to a local hospital with minor, non-life-threatening injuries received after falling to the ground.
Police confirm that they were able to located a firearm in the parking lot outside the Sears entrance and were able to connect it to the incident inside the mall.
Police say they reviewed video footage, conducted interviews with witnesses, and completed a sweep of the mall. This led them to the determination that there is no physical evidence at this time which has indicated that a firearm was discharged during the incident.
The Violent Crimes Bureau are still investigating the incident and following up on all actionable leads.
Police are requesting that anyone who witnessed this incident call the Chattanooga Police Department and report anything they may have seen.
As always, you can remain anonymous.
A press conference will be scheduled on Monday to provide media with information and any updates regarding this incident.
Police say that these laws are relevant to this incident:
“Riot”, see T.C.A. 39-17-302,
“Aggravated Riot,” see T.C.A. § 39-17-303,
“Inciting to Riot, “ see T.C.A. § 39-17-304
Hamilton Place Mall issued a statement about the incident.
Hamilton Place Management has issued a statement in regards to the incident that occurred on Saturday evening. Read the full statement here: https://t.co/Ser0WYR5aW
— Hamilton Place (@HamiltonPlaceTN) February 25, 2018
— Amber Worthy (@AWorthyNews) February 26, 2018