(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The man police took into custody in connection to the East Hills mall shooting was released and no charges have been filed against him.
According to the St. Joseph Police Department, at least one person fired gunshots in the parking lot west of Gordmans outside the mall around 7:15 p.m. Friday. Sergeant Brad Kerns said a witness told police that one of the shooters had fled the scene into the mall. Police caught up with the man and took him into custody within an hour of the shooting.
An investigation in the parking lot revealed at least two cars were hit during the shooting. However, at least a dozen cars were taped off as part of the crime scene.
SJPD's public information officer, Jeff Wilson said a case was submitted to the prosecutor's office but no charged were filed. Wilson said the subject was released pending further investigation.
As of Tuesday night, no information was provided about why the Buchanan County Prosecutor's office did not file charges.