Chandler police arrest suspect in shooting that took place outside mall

Aug 2, 2022, 7:08 PM

Nathaniel Anthony Vensor (Chandler Police Department Photo)...

Nathaniel Anthony Vensor (Chandler Police Department Photo)

(Chandler Police Department Photo)

PHOENIX — A 19-year-old man was arrested and faces multiple felony charges in relation to a shooting at Chandler Fashion Mall on Monday night, authorities said.

Nathaniel Anthony Vensor on Tuesday morning was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on charges including armed robbery and aggravated assault stemming from the shooting, the Chandler Police Department said in a press release.

Vensor just before 7 p.m. on Monday allegedly shot 30 rounds from an AR-15 rifle into the air in the parking lot of the shopping center near Chandler Boulevard and the Loop 101.

He allegedly pointed the gun at a victim and demanded jewelry, proceeding to shoot into the air when the person refused, authorities said.

Vensor then fled in a vehicle before police arrived, while the victim ran to safety inside the mall. Police identified Vensor as a suspect Monday night.

Chandler police responded to the mall on Tuesday around 10:30 a.m. after security reported seeing Vensor shopping.

Vensor was arrested just after 11 a.m. and was found to be in possession of 30 fentanyl pills, according to court documents.

He was unarmed at the time of his arrest, authorities said.

Video surveillance of the incident showed Vensor and the victim arrive at the mall together in a car, according to court documents.

They were allegedly joined by Vensor’s girlfriend and another male and they all walked through the mall together, authorities said.

The incident took place after they exited the mall and returned to their vehicles in the parking lot, according to court documents.

Vensor was on probation in Pinal County for discharge of a firearm at a residential structure, authorities said.

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Chandler police arrest suspect in shooting that took place outside mall