KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A man with a gun walked up to a Tennessee shopping center Tuesday afternoon and opened fire outside a store, killing a woman and wounding another man before turning the gun on himself in what police described as an apparently random shooting.
Officers descended on Tanger Outlets in Sevierville after several people called 911 to report an active shooter outside the Coach store shortly before 4 p.m.
By the time police arrived, the shooter and the female victim were dead, according to Sevierville Police Department spokesman Bob Stahlke. The male victim was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center; his condition was not immediately clear.
“We do not believe that any of the people involved knew each other from everything we have so far,” Stahlke told reporters Tuesday evening. “And I’ll stress that’s so far; it’s still preliminary. It appears that this was a random shooting.”
Police were quickly able to determine that the only shooter was dead and that there was no longer any threat to the public, Stahlke said. The outlet mall was placed on lockdown for a short time but reopened around 4:30 p.m.
Authorities have yet to publicly identify the shooter or his victims.
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