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1 person arrested for shooting in Music City Mall parking lot

One person was hospitalized for their their injuries.

ODESSA, Texas — (Editor's note: The video above is from previous reporting of the shooting.)

One person was arrested in connection to a shooting in the parking lot of Music City Mall on Sept. 24.

John Elijah Sanchez, 18, was arrested on Friday during a traffic stop and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, theft of a firearm and possession of controlled substance.

According to an affidavit, officers with the Odessa Police Department responded to a shots fired call near the entrance of Burlington Coat Factory on Sept. 24.

When they got to the scene, they found a juvenile with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim was taken to Medical Center Hospital, where their condition is currently unknown. 

Officers then made contact with several witnesses, found spent shell casings and obtained surveillance video.

The surveillance video showed the suspects to be three young men who confronted the victim inside the mall before they left the mall and fought with the victim in the parking lot.

The suspects knocked the victim to the ground and ran behind a tree. When the victim began to stand up, four shots were fired at them. The victim then ran back toward the mall.

Witnesses and the victim reported that two of the suspects shot at the victim. One of those suspects was identified as Sanchez.

At this time it is unclear if any other arrests have or will be made in connection to the shooting.

NewsWest 9 received the following statement from Music City Mall:

"The skate rink can confirm there was a teen asked to leave with a ski mask on earlier in the evening but we do not have any information that this was related to the parking lot shooting. There was never any indication of a threat indoors."

This is all the information we currently have on the situation. We will update this story if more details are released.


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