Random Firing Outside Tennessee Mall Kills Two People

Updated On 17 Apr, 2019 Published On

A 21-year-old man in Tennessee opened random fire outside a shopping mall near Great Smoky Mountains National Park on 16th April 2019, thereby killing a female and wounding a male before pulling the gun on himself.

The shooter was identified to be Leon Steven Jones, a resident of Newport-Sevierville, Tennessee.


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The woman who suffered the mishap was 24-year-old Olivia Katel Cunningham of  New York, Pennsylvania.

75-year-old John Marr of Templeton, Massachusetts, was wounded during the shootout and rushed to University of Tennessee Medical Center. His condition isn’t quite known.

Authorities reported none of the victims was related and was shot using a semiautomatic handgun, 

Sevierville police spokesman Bob Stahlke said,

I don’t know if he was going to shoot one and two people and then do what he did, or if his intent was to shoot more. I just don’t know. But all we can do in law enforcement is to get here as quick as we can. And this situation was over when we got here,

The police spokesperson further added there no longer was any threat, and the mall remained open except for a small area of the crime scene.