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Update: Suspect in Custody for Hamilton Place Incident

UPDATE: Chattanooga police say they now have David Ballard in custody.

UPDATE:  Chattanooga police name the suspect wanted for Saturday’s incident at Hamilton Place. Police say David Ballard is wanted on a charge of aggravated riot. He’s also wanted for felony reckless endangerment, alteration of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Ballard goes by the nicknames of “DJ”, “GSK” and “GSK Watts”.

UPDATE: CPD says after reviews of video and interviewing witness plus a complete sweep of Hamilton Place they stand by their determination that no shots were fired.

They say when officers first got on the scene witnesses reported a large fight and a man brandishing a gun. Police say several people yelled “Gun! He has a gun!” That escalated into panic and people fleeing the mall.

Officers reviewed security tape, verifying the fight and the identity of the suspect who flashed the gun. Investigators say a young man was slightly injured in the panic. He has been treated and released.

UPDATE: Chattanooga police say they have so far found no evidence of shots fired. Here’s the information from their Twitter feed.

Hamilton Place officials say they will resume normal business hours on Sunday.


Chattanooga police are investigating reports of shots fired at Hamilton Place. Media reports there is not an active shooter and no one is injured. They also report that a gun was found at the scene. Here’s video of Hamilton Place after the shooting.

Witnesses tell Mocs News that the shooting happened near Sears at 6pm Saturday.

Here is the posting on the Hamilton Place Twitter account:

We are aware of an incident that occurred on property shortly after 6pm. The mall is currently closed while the police conduct their investigation.

A member of the Mocs News team reports the scene at the shut down mall is “surreal”. Here is a report filed earlier before CPD reported there was not active shooter.

picture from Mocs News member


Meanwhile here is video of people leaving the Hamilton Place after the shutdown for the night.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

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