Oak Court Mall Shooter Not In Custody


(Memphis) Memphis Police say the person responsible for the shooting at Oak Court Mall Thursday night is not in custody.

Theodis Pitchford, 22, was shot inside the mall near a store called The Loft.

The victim is now in stable condition at The MED.

Police stopped a Lincoln Town Car near the mall and took four people into custody.

Police now say those people were actually with the person who was shot and did not take part in the shooting.

Inside the car, two stolen guns were found.

Dewon Avant, 19 is charged with Theft of Property Over $500 and Unlawful Carrying or Possession of a Weapon.

Two 17-year-old males and a 17-year-old female were charged with Theft of Property Over $500 and Unlawful Carrying or Possession of a Weapon.

The driver was charged with not having a Driver License.

All three are being held by Juvenile Court.

The stolen guns included a Charter Arms Corp. revolver, stolen from Arkansas and a #2 Smith & Wesson Semiautomatic gun stolen from Shelby County.

Oak Court Mall released this statement today:

“One of the key elements of Simon’s comprehensive security program is to maintain a close relationship with local law enforcement authorities. We have a very good relationship with the Memphis Police Department and work side-by-side to make Oak Court Mall safe.”

- Matt Beyerstedt, General Manager, Oak Court Mall