The Franklin County man allegedly responsible for a June 4 shooting at Northgate Mall in Tullahoma has been arrested.
Tullahoma Police Department officials announced that U.S. Marshals successfully apprehended Hugh “Adam” Keckritz in Franklin County on Tuesday.
Keckritz, 22, is suspected of shooting 20-year-old Dakota Jarrett in the abdomen after a verbal altercation turned violent on June 4, according to police officials. He then allegedly fled the scene, prompting a manhunt for him by several law enforcement agencies, including TPD and Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, authorities said.
He faces an attempted criminal homicide charge, according to police officials.
“I am very pleased with the work of our Tullahoma Patrol and Investigation Divisions and their partnership with the U.S. Marshals to bring this fugitive to justice,” said Tullahoma Police Chief Jason Williams.
After the shooting occurred, a felony arrest warrant was obtained for Keckritz, and area law enforcement officers were actively searching for him.
According to Williams, a verbal altercation inside the Northgate Mall turned violent, and Keckritz allegedly produced a gun and fired a shot, injuring Jarrett.
Mall patrons were evacuated to their cars in the parking lot, according to one witness.
Jarrett was originally transported to Tennova Healthcare - Harton before being transported by helicopter to another hospital.
The alleged shooter fled the scene in a white sedan, according to Williams.
According to one witness inside Claire’s, she saw the victim come running around the corner from the arcade claiming he had been shot.
At that time, all the interior shop owners closed and locked their gates for safety and waited until the coast was clear, she said.
When no one else followed the victim, the witness said two customers of Cali Nails salon came out to help the young man and applied pressure to his wound until police arrived.
The witness said the victim seemed responsive to the police officer who arrived within minutes of her calling 911.
According to witnesses, more police arrived to tape off the scene, photograph it and collect evidence. Emergency medical service personnel soon arrived and transported the victim to an ambulance.
The inside section of the mall was sealed off while police conducted their investigation.
Other stores in the area with front-facing entrances, such as J.C. Penney, Burke’s Outlet and Harbor Freight, were allowed to continue operating, according to mall management.
Once police concluded their investigation inside the mall and collected evidence, mall management closed that section of the building early.
One mall official had said a hazmat cleanup crew was called in to take care of the scene.