A group of Alabama high school students were left shaken and upset but safe after a mall shooting happened while they were on a field trip at Nashville’s Opry Mills.
More than 40 culinary students from Albertville High School were at the mall when police say a fight between men ended in fatal gunfire. Six Albertville students witnessed the Thursday afternoon shooting that happened in a busy hallway at the mall.
A 22-year-old Nashville man, Demarco Churchwell, was killed. Police have arrested Justin Golson, a 22-year-old from Antioch, Tennessee.
Albertville Principal Deidra Robinson told AL.com the six students who witnessed the fatal shooting were detained by police for questioning and counseling. The group of 43 students and two teachers returned home around 9:15 p.m. It took hours for the mall to be evacuated.
Robinson said the group was in Nashville to visit food trucks for lunch before they were to dine at an upscale restaurant that evening. They visited the mall during a break, and that’s when the shooting happened.
The students and teachers were excused from school today. Counselors were on campus last night, and Robinson said they will be available when the students return next week.
Information from Al.com