Sieverville, TN -- April 16. 2019 Posted the Following on their Face Book account:
Sevierville Police officers responded to multiple emergency calls of an active shooter today, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The calls started at approximately 3:49 p.m. with persons saying a man was shooting outside the Coach store in Tanger Five Oaks Mall, 1645 Parkway.
Officers arrived moments later and discovered three shooting victims (the alleged shooter, one adult male and one adult female) outside the store. No shots were fired after officers arrived.
At this point in the investigation, it appears that the alleged shooter, 21-year old Leon Steven Jones of Newport/Sevierville, TN confronted 24-year old Olivia Katelyn Cunningham of York, PA and 75-year old John Marr of Templeton, MA outside the store and shot both with a semi-automatic handgun, and then shot himself with the same weapon. Olivia Cunningham and Leon Jones were pronounced dead at the scene; John Marr was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by the Sevier County Ambulance Service. His condition is not known at this time.
Investigators state that it appears the shooter did not know either victim, nor were the victims related. The investigation is ongoing.
The Pigeon Forge Police Department, Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, and Sevierville Fire Department also responded.
Please keep your thoughts and prayers with the victims and their families.
The Mall is open and there is no danger to the public. Two persons are dead and one wounded. More details to come.
Olivia Katelyn Cunningham, 24 of York, Pennsylvania was shot and killed. The other deceased person was the shooter, 21-year-old Steven Leon Jones of Newport and Sevierville.
"We do not believe that any of the people involved knew each other from everything we have so far," said spokessperson for Sevierville Police Departement, Bob Stahlke told reporters at a news conference Tuesday. "And I'll stress that's so far; it's still preliminary. It appears that this was a random shooting."