Memphis police issue warrant for mall shooting suspect - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee


Memphis police issue warrant for mall shooting suspect

(WMC - TV) - Memphis police have issued an arrest warrant for Thursday's Oak Court Mall shooting suspect.  Officer say Otis Reddic, 20, shot Theodis Pitchford in the stomach near The Loft store.  As of Friday, Pitchford was listed in critical condition at a Memphis-area hospital.  The warrant charges Reddic with count of Criminal Attempt Felony First Degree Murder and seven counts of Reckless Endangerment.

On Friday, it was a much different scene.  Shoppers appeared to not be frightened by the shooting.  "There was shooting and everybody started running and police came," said witness Anner Turley.  Chaos erupted after Thursday's evening shooting.

Witnesses say the same two groups of people ran into each other at Oak Court Mall and got into an argument over a stolen t-shirt.  Police report Pitchford was shot when one guy pulled out a gun.  "One of the guys had a weapon in his hand and he ran up the escalator," said Turley.  Witnesses said he was laughing like it was a joke.

Not long after the shooting, police had a custom Lincoln car pulled over.  Inside, investigators found two stolen guns and three 17-year-olds and 19-year-old Dewon Avant.  The 17-year-olds were taken into custody at juvenile hall.  Memphis police say they are friends of the victim.

Police have said the teenagers in the Lincoln are not suspects in the shooting.

Investigators have said Reddic is armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528 - CASH.

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