TIMELINE: Sevierville outlet mall shooter’s criminal history

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Leon Steven Jones, 21, the man police say was responsible for a random shooting outside the Coach store at Tanger Outlets in Sevierville, has a history of crime, both violent and theft-related, in Sevier and Knox counties. 

The shooting, reported around 3:49 p.m. Tuesday, took the life of a Pennsylvania woman and injured a Massachusetts man who was released from the hospital Wednesday. Jones, according to police, took his own life with the semi-automatic handgun. 

None of the three people involved knew each other, according to Sevierville Police Department spokesperson Bob Stahlke, and it is believed to be a  “random shooting.”

Knox County court documents, open records requests from Sevier County General Sessions and Circuit Court clerks offices and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation database revealed details about Jones’s criminal history that don’t seem to paint a clear reason for why Tuesday’s shooting happened.

  • 11/20/15 – Jones charged in Knox County with theft for stealing a Trek bike from a bike rack outside Cedar Bluff Middle School 
  • 12/18/2015 – Jones charged in Hamilton County with theft of more than $10,000, charges dismissed 1/12/16
  • 1/14/16 – Jones charged in Sevier County with aggravated burglary, records show he stole a Subaru Crosstrack, Jones found driving the SUV in Hamilton County
  • 6/25/16 – Jones charged in Sevier County with assault, named ‘primary aggressor’ in the assault inside Sevier Co. Jail
  • 8/2/16 – Jones convicted in Sevier County with Theft Over $10,000, but sentence suspended through diversion dependent on a four-year probation
  • 9/1/16 – Jones charged in Sevier County with assault, assaulted another inmate 
  • 3/23/17 – Jones charged in Knox County with theft 
  • 4/30/17 – Jones charged in Sevier County with simple possession of marijuana, given probation 
  • 5/17/17 – Jones charged in Sevier County with attempted auto burglary and evading arrest, the arrest warrant says he ran away from police through a parking lot
  • 11/20/17 – Sevier Co. Judge finds Jones guilty of violating probation, which would have expired 2020, theft conviction entered, Jones placed back on supervised probation

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