According to an incident report from Kingsport police, officers responded to the mall, 2101 Fort Henry Drive, at about 8:15 p.m. They received a call from security personnel that had located a juvenile male walking inside, and suffering from “obvious injuries to his face and possibly a broken jaw.”
The victim reported he did not know the individuals that allegedly assaulted him outside of the mall and said he didn’t remember much about the situation. Police were able to gather more information from a witness that had accompanied the juvenile at the time of the alleged attack.
The witness said that he, the juvenile and another male, Jordan Michael Mason, 22, of 3816 Eastline Drive, apartment No. 43, were seated in a car in the parking lot. According to the witness, three people had walked by the car and said “something” to his group seated inside.
Mason reportedly asked the trio, “if they had something to say.” He and the juvenile then exited the vehicle and followed the three individuals across the parking lot.
According to the witness, when the juvenile and Mason turned around to return to their vehicle, they were attacked.
The witness claims that during the attack on Mason and the juvenile, the three original suspects were accompanied by six or seven other individuals. In the process of the alleged attack, the juvenile fell to the ground and was kicked in the face.
The police report says parents of the injured juvenile were found inside the mall. They reportedly transported their child to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment.
Mason, the other male allegedly attacked, refused medical treatment.
Following the incident, the alleged attackers reportedly ran from the parking lot. The police report says no suspects have been developed, and a review of mall surveillance cameras revealed nothing of use.