Following a shooting that took place inside the Northpark Mall in Ridgeland, a juvenile was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon. At around 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, the Ridgeland Police Department received a report that Za’Lill D’Chelle Patterson, 16, attempted to steal from a popcorn establishment located within the mall. Patterson allegedly brandished a firearm in the direction of the store’s proprietor, as stated by the authorities. On the other hand, according to Police Chief Brian Myers, the owner fired the initial shot, hitting Patterson in the leg.
After that, she was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center to be treated for her injuries. Patterson is now being held at the Madison County Detention Center, and at this time, there has been no determination made regarding a bond. According to the report from the RPD, the proprietor of the store has been questioned as part of the inquiry and has provided complete cooperation. At this moment, no charges have been brought against the defendant. The Ridgeland Police Department stated in a press release that they were
“very lucky” that the incident did not result in the injury of any other people. “Special thanks to the City of Madison Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department for their timely response to help the Ridgeland Police Department with this situation as it was unfolding,” said the Ridgeland Police Department.
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Bell’s girlfriend said to police drove to Vincennes and stayed at the Holiday Inn with her three kids. She informed officers Bell was picked up at 4 a.m. and she didn’t know where he was. Bell’s girlfriend said he shot in self-defense. Bell’s girlfriend said they left because he had a warrant and didn’t think authorities would believe he acted in self-defense. U.S. Marshals arrested Bell in Chicago on September 12, according to the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department. Extradited to Indiana. Vigo County Jail holds Bell. Vigo County Sheriff’s Office, US Marshals, Terre Haute Police, Indiana State Police, and Vigo County Prosecutors Office were involved.
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