Man fatally shot at Nashville mall

Man fatally shot at Nashville mall


One 22-year-old man ended a fight with another by fatally shooting him inside a Tennessee mall Thursday, and then gave up his weapon and surrendered, saying he didn’t want any more trouble, police said.

Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said the shooter put the gun on the counter of a ticket booth across from the Opry Mills Mall, and then was ordered to lie on the ground by a retired California police officer who now lives in Tennessee.

The victim has been identified by police as Demarco Churchwell, who is also 22. The suspected shooter has been identified as Justin Golson, police said. It is not clear if Golson will face charges or if he has a lawyer. He was in police custody and being interviewed by investigators Thursday evening.

Students walk out to support gun ownership


Students across the U.S. participated in a school walkout Wednesday to support gun ownership.

The walkout was organized by New Mexico student Will Riley. More than 200 of his classmates walked out with him.

Riley said in the days before the walkout that about 300 schools planned to participate. The movement was called “Stand for the Second,” aiming to raise awareness of Second Amendment rights.

Walkouts also were reported in schools in Iowa, Michigan, Montana, New York and North Carolina.

Riley was named an honorary deputy sheriff last week by Eddy County Sheriff Mark Cage for his efforts in organizing the walkouts.

Missouri to have special session on governor


In a historic move, Missouri lawmakers announced Thursday that they are calling themselves into a special session to consider impeaching Gov. Eric Greitens after allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of charity resources.

House and Senate leaders said they had gathered more than the constitutionally required signatures of three-fourths of the members of each chamber to summon themselves into a special session that will start at 6:30 p.m. May 18 – just 30 minutes after the end of work in their regular session.

It will mark the first time in Missouri history that lawmakers have called a special session.

Extraordinary sessions typically are called by governors.

Hawaii volcano erupts; county orders evacuations


Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is releasing red lava into a residential subdivision, prompting the county to order mandatory evacuations.

Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder said Thursday red lava emerged on Mohala Street in the Leilani Estates subdivision. The county is ordering evacuations for homes from Luana Street to Pohohiki Road.

The eruption comes after days of earthquakes rocked the Puna district of the Big Island.

Earlier in the week, the crater floor of the Puu Oo vent collapsed. That caused magma to push more than 10 miles downslope toward the populated southeast coastline of the island.

Associated Press

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