Employee fights customer at Oak Court Mall

Employee fights customer at Oak Court Mall
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Oak Court Mall had a fight break out inside and gunshots fired outside on Saturday.

First, around noon on Saturday, police found 15 shell casings on the ground in the parking lot near Macy's.

Witnesses reported seeing a young man dressed in all black running from the area. They said he then got into a silver car and went up the parking ramp.

Police said they found a Nissan Maxima running near the shell casings.  They said the driver-side window was down, but no one was in the car and no one showed up to claim the car. The car was eventually towed to the city lot.

A man told police he saw the gunman leaving the Macy's parking garage where shots were fired. He said he saw the gunman leaving in a blue four door car.

He also told police on Poplar Avenue and Redbird Lane is where those same men shot his car, hitting it three times.

Saturday night around 8:30, a fight happened inside the mall.

Cellphone video captured part of the incident. It shows a male worker from Charley's Philly Steaks punching a female customer twice in the face.

Click here to watch the cellphone video of the fight.

Police said the female customer had cuts and blood on her face.

Charley's Philly Steaks assistant manager said the female customer was yelling and cursing at the employee. The employee eventually punched the customer. According to police, it all happened after some kind of argument at the counter when the employee was serving the woman food.

"Very crazy," Casapia Waller said. "I feel like when you're going to the mall, you should be able to feel safe in the mall."

The assistant manager said she refunded the customer's money, but the woman took the money and threw it at the employee.

That is when the employee came out from behind the counter and punched the customer in the face.

"Keep your personal business at home. Don't bring it to the shopping place," Armon Virani said.

Back in December at Oak Court, video shows a man firing shots inside of a parking garage. He was taken into custody days later.

Some shoppers said the violence at the mall is causing them to consider driving further to do their shopping in order just to feel safer.

"I would rather take a longer drive to Wolfchase sometimes than to come here," Virani said.

Oak Court Mall released a statement saying they are working with police and have a zero tolerance policy:

"We are working closely with the Memphis Police Department as they investigate this incident. We maintain a zero tolerance policy for any inappropriate behavior to provide the best possible shopping experience. For more information, please contact the Memphis Police Department directly at (901) 636-3700."

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