Marqel Cockrell has been arrested and charged for accidentally shooting a nine year old at the mall. According to police reports Marqel Cockrell is the co owner of a shoe store called Sole Addicts at the Mall Of Victor Valley in Victorville California and he was chasing two shoplifters out of his store when he opened fire accidentally hitting a nine year old girl. The nine year old girl who was in line to see the Easter bunny was rushed to the hospital and is expected to survive her injuries. As for Marquel Cockrell he was arrested and now faces attempted murder charges among others.
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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, Marqel 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.