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Store owner arrested after shooting inside the Mall of Victor Valley and striking a 9-year-old Victorville girl

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Suspect in Shooting at Victor Valley Mall Identified and Taken into Custody

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The 20-year-old co-owner of Sole Addicts was arrested for attempted murder following a shooting inside the Mall of Victor Valley that left a 9-year-old girl wounded after he allegedly chased shoplifters and fired multiple rounds striking the victim, officials said.

On April 12, 2022, at 6:28 p.m. Sheriff’s Dispatch received multiple calls reporting gunshots heard inside the Mall of Victor Valley with a reported juvenile gunshot victim. 

According to a sheriff’s news release, the first deputy arrived on scene at about 6:31 pm, and units from around the area along with the California Highway Patrol responded to assist in searching and clearing the mall.

Deputies rendered the area safe around the young victim who was treated by medical personnel and transported by air to Loma Linda University Medical Center.  

“Through investigation, deputies determined the suspect Marqel Cockrell is the co-owner of Sole Addicts who chased two shoplifters out of his store.  Cockrell fired multiple shots at the shoplifters.  Cockrell’s shots missed the shoplifters and instead hit the 9-year-old female victim,” stated the sheriff’s news release.

The young girl was getting ready to take pictures with the Easter Bunny when she was struck.

After the shooting, Cockrell fled the scene.  At about 9:00 p.m., Nevada Highway Patrol located Cockrell in his vehicle and took him into custody.  Cockrell, a resident of Adelanto, was booked in at the Clark County Jail on an extraditable warrant, for attempted murder, in the amount of $1,000,000. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

(The family shared a photo of the 9-year-old victim smiling and in good spirits while en route to a hospital after she was shot 3 times in her arm.)
(The family shared a photo of the 9-year-old victim smiling and in good spirits while en route to a hospital after she was shot 3 times in her arm.)

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