|A 16-year-old girl was shot and is behind bars after an incident at Northpark Mall in Ridgeland on Saturday, September 17.
Ridgeland Police Chief Brian Myers said the shooting happened around 5:20 p.m. when ZaÃ¢â¬â¢Lill DÃ¢â¬â¢Chelle Patterson, 16, of Jackson, tried to shoplift from a popcorn store inside the mall. She allegedly pulled a gun on the store owner, who Myers said shot Patterson in the leg in self defense.
According to Myers, Patterson was taken to a local hospital before she was booked into the Madison County Detention Center on a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon. She will be charged as an adult. The store owner was interviewed and reportedly cooperative with police.
Ã¢â¬ÅThis is not good. I will say that weÃ¢â¬â¢ve never had something like this inside the mall. We donÃ¢â¬â¢t want to see or allow it. We will take action,Ã¢â¬Â said Myers.
Ã¢â¬ÅHere they come, shooting. Pow! Pow! I heard eight or nine shots because IÃ¢â¬â¢m a manager up here. Customers came to the back, and we let them out because weÃ¢â¬â¢re scared. Then, thatÃ¢â¬â¢s when I saw it. The girl, she was laying right there. She was shot and hopped down there in front of our building. I was scared. I was scared,Ã¢â¬Â said Jayce Alyse, a mall employee.
No other injuries were reported. Myers said the case will be presented to the Madison Posted by JR
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