Teen arrested, charged with aggravated assault for shooting at Northpark Mall placed on bond

Za’Lill D’Chelle Patterson
Za’Lill D’Chelle Patterson(Ridgeland Police Department)
Published: Sep. 18, 2022 at 1:36 PM CDT
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RIDGELAND, Miss. (WLBT) - A teen was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon after a shooting incident inside Northpark Mall in Ridgeland.

Ridgeland Police Department says Za’Lill D’Chelle Patterson, 16, tried to steal from a popcorn store inside the mall around 5:20 p.m. on Saturday.

According to authorities, Patterson pulled a gun on the store owner. However, Police Chief Brian Myers says the owner shot first, striking Patterson in the leg. She was then transported to UMMC to be treated for her injury.

Patterson is being held at the Madison County Detention Center, and no bond has been set at that time.

RPD says the store owner has been interviewed and has fully cooperated with the investigation. No charges have been made at this time.

“We are so fortunate that no one else was injured in this incident,” the Ridgeland Police Department said in a press release. “Special thanks to the City of Madison Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department for their prompt response to assist the Ridgeland Police Department with this incident as it was occurring.”

During Patterson’s initial hearing at the Ridgeland Municipal Court Monday, the judge set a $200,000 bond.

Patterson’s preliminary hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 27.

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