Greenwood Mall Shooting Update

Police continue to investigate a shooting that happened in the parking lot of the Greenwood mall.

Bowling Green Police say around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday night, Jan. 9, 2007, a 14-year-old was shot while sitting in a parked car.

Police say 18-year-old Tyson Barnett and a 17-year-old were in the car during the shooting and are in custody. Police say the 17-year-old suspect used a black Smith and Wesson 22 caliber pistol.

The 14-year-old received one gun shot wound to the shoulder. He was transported to the Medical Center for treatment and has been released.

Barnett is charged with tampering with evidence. The 17-year-old is charged with assault and tampering with evidence.

Officer Jerry Corbitt said police are unsure why the 17-year-old shot the 14-year-old and are investigating the matter.

“They were actually engaged in conduct which was creating a risk of danger to themselves and possibly others,” Corbitt said.

Police say after the shooting, the 14-year-old was taken out of the car to the outside patio area of the main entrance until help could arrive. That’s when 18-year-old Tyson Barnett tried to hide the gun.

“After the shooting occurred he tried to hide the weapon near some bushes at the mall building,” Corbitt said.

Officer Corbitt also said this sort of thing could happen anywhere and isn’t a typical occurrence at the Greenwood Mall.

“This is an isolated incident. This isn’t a recurring incident so things do happen on occasion and we will address these issues when they come up,” Corbitt added.

Although this incident is isolated, malls are typically known as social gathering places for many teens. Mall officials tell us they are aware that the main entrance is a high trafficked area and are reviewing their public safety program.

“Typically they do have some issues with juveniles loitering at the entrances at the mall. A lot of times they do provide a lot of extra patrol. Their internal mall security officers do that but when we have instances that occur in the mall that requires police assistance we do respond,” Corbitt said.

Although safety measures are in place, one woman said all shoppers should take personal precautions.

“Any parking lot, Wal-Mart parking lot or any parking lot, you always have to be cautious of your surroundings,” shopper, Debbie York said.

The Greenwood Mall management wouldn’t comment about the shooting on camera but they did release a written statement that read as follows:

“Last night’s incident is a rare and isolated occurrence at Greenwood Mall. This is a testament to our public safety effort which we are quite proud of. The safety and well-being of our shoppers and employees is always our top concern. We do have a well trained public safety department and a close relationship with the Bowling Green Police Department. Due to the ongoing investigation we can not release any further details at this time.”

To view the complete statement release by the Greenwood Mall, click here.


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