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Suspect in custody after shooting outside Brandon Westfield Mall following altercation

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Posted at 5:51 PM, Jun 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-12 08:51:29-04

BRANDON, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect in a shooting that occurred outside the Westfield Brandon Mall on Friday is in custody.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, an altercation between 19-year-old Quran Deandre Johnson and another man started inside the mall near a kiosk and spilled outside Friday afternoon around 4:13 p.m.

The two took the argument outside where Johnson pulled out a gun and shot the other man.

The victim was rushed to Tampa General Hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

Deputies said Johnson took off after shooting the other man. He was arrested on Saturday while driving a stolen car, authorities said. He's charged with attempted second-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and simple battery.

"Violence is never the answer, it is a senseless act that not only puts the involved parties in danger but also the lives of others, especially in a very public place like a mall," said Sheriff Chad Chronister.

Crime scene could be seen outside the Food Court entrance of the mall when ABC Action News crews arrived.

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The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting outside the Westfield Brandon Mall.

Detectives believe Johnson and the victim are known to each other. There is no threat to the public.