Two dead, one hurt after murder-suicide at Tanger outlet mall in Sevierville

No danger to the public, police say

By Samantha Smith - Digital Content Producer

Courtesy of WBIR

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. - Two people are dead and a third person is hurt after a shooting Tuesday afternoon at the Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Mall in Sevierville, according to WBIR

The shooter fired at two people and then committed suicide, according to Sevierville Police spokesman Bob Stahlke. Stahlke says that several calls came in to 911 just before 4 p.m. 

Authorities told WCYB that 21-year-old Leon Jones from Newport/Sevierville confronted 24-year-old Olivia Cunningham of York, Pa. and 75-year-old John Marr of Templeton, Mass. outside the store.

Stahlke said investigators believe Jones walked up to the two strangers and opened fire. He then fatally shot himself.

Investigators don't believe the shooter or victims knew each other, and at this point have no idea why he did it.

Marr survived the shooting and was transported to a hospital for treatment, and his condition is unknown.

As of 4:36 p.m., police say the mall is open and there is no danger to the public. 

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