911 recordings released from Sevierville mall shooting

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Business at Tanger Outlets was fairly back to normal Thursday, two days after a man shot two people before killing himself.

Sevierville police said they were called to the outlet mall around 3:49 p.m. Tuesday for reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived, Leon Jones, 21, had shot himself after shooting Olivia Katelyn Cunningham, 24, of York, Pa. and John Marr, 75, of Templeton, Mass.

WATE obtained the 911 recordings from the shooting.

According to the recordings, Sevier County dispatch received the first call about 15 seconds before 3:49 p.m. Dispatch received 17 more calls within the next hour.

In the first 911 recording, the caller stated she heard four gunshots. While also talking with the dispatcher, she frantically told someone to “go to the back.”

In another recording, about 30 seconds after the first call to 911, the caller, presumed to be the manager of the American Eagle store, told dispatchers the shooter had just shot himself outside of the store.

The caller said the man who had shot himself was laying face down on the ground and that the gun wasn’t in his hands anymore.

This caller said she heard three gunshots.

The same person called dispatch three seconds later, saying another man had been shot when the shooter killed himself on the bench.

“There was a second gentleman who was shot in the process of the gentleman who shot himself. He was shot in the right side of his chest, across the breast area. He is bleeding inside our store, but he is upright and we are applying pressure,” the caller stated.

The 911 recordings contradict what police said a couple of hours after the incident.

Sevierville Police believed the shooter killed himself when he heard the emergency sirens.

“We’re just fortunate that we had as many officers on duty that got here so fast. Because again, I think it’s very possible that’s one of the reasons that the shooter decided to shoot himself when he did,” Bob Stahlke, Sevierville police spokesperson, said Tuesday night.

The 911 recordings show the shooter killed himself before 911 was called.

In some of the other recordings, dispatchers reassured callers that police were on the way.

Police haven’t released any more information about the shooting or the shooter and what his motive could have been.

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“We are holding off on releasing anything new pending completion of the investigation. No sure when that will be at this point,” Stahlke said Thursday.

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