What happened to Tanner Cook? YouTuber shot while making prank video at Dulles Town Centre Explained

Tanner Cook, age 21, said that he was filming a prank video inside Dulles Town Center when Alan Colie, age 31, reportedly shot him in the stomach. Let’s see What happened to Tanner Cook in detail.


What happened to Tanner Cook?

Tanner Cook, the guy who was shot and remains in serious condition inside the Dulles Town Center mall, said that he was making a prank video for his YouTube channel when he was shot.

One bullet entered Tanner Cook’s stomach and liver, and the 21-year-old man spent the next day in the intensive care unit with his mother at his side.

Tanner Cook was not publicly recognized by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, but he was named in court records and by the judge of the Loudoun County General District Court during the arraignment of the suspect, Alan Colie, 31, of Leesburg.

Authorities detained Colie on Sunday and accused him of aggravated malicious wounding, using a handgun to commit a crime, and firing a gun inside a structure.

Sheriff Mike Chapman stated that the altercation between the two guys that started in the food court was what led to the shooting. Many at the mall were terrified by the shooting.

Colie was apprehended while lying on the ground, as shown in a video uploaded to Instagram by the user @thisismyu5ername.


Suspect Arrested:

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office named the suspected shooter as Alan Walter Colie, 31, of Leesburg in a news statement on Sunday night.

After police claim he shot a guy at Dulles Town Center on Sunday, Alan W. Colie, 31, of Leesburg, is charged with a number of offences. (Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office)

According to Thomas Julia, LCSO spokesperson, the incident happened just before noon, and according to the release, the two men’s conversation led to the gunshot.

According to a news statement issued on Sunday evening, the sheriff’s office learned of a gunshot at the Sterling mall’s food court at about 11:57 a.m.

Within five minutes after the first report, sheriff’s deputies were on the site and immediately arrested the suspect, subsequently named Colie.

Julia claimed in an email that the incident only included the two guys, however, a news report published on Sunday evening claimed that it does not presently appear that Colie and the injured man knew each other.

Tanner Cook was the victim, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Times-Mirror on Monday. The criminal complaint did not mention the shooting’s cause.

According to Julia, he was discovered outside the shopping center next to the Cheesecake Factory with a stomach wound.

Julia verified in an email on Sunday that he was treated on the spot by personnel of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System and then sent to the Reston Medical Center for additional care.

The semi-automatic weapon thought to have been used in the shooting was recovered nearby Colie when he was discovered seated in the food court.

On April 3, Julia stated that authorities were still looking into Colie’s possible motive and concealed carry permit status. Colie, 31, of Leesburg, was accused of shooting while committing a crime, aggravated malicious injuring, and firing a gun into an occupied structure. Colie made a video appearance in Loudoun General District Court on April 3 and is scheduled to return to court on May 3 at 1 p.m. for a preliminary hearing.

Colie is being detained without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Facility. According to a bond application, Colie resides in a vehicle outside his parents’ house.

According to a police complaint, Colie’s father said that his son hit him twice in the temple in 2012. Colie reportedly told police he had become extremely upset for five or six minutes but wasn’t sure what had caused it. Colie was accused of violence and assault, but Loudoun Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court dropped the case in 2014.

The Dulles Town Center management reportedly closed the mall for the rest of the day. According to the announcement, LCSO deputies searched the whole mall to make sure no further suspects or victims were present.


Tanner Cook’s statement:

Cook, who underwent surgery, talked exclusively to WUSA9 from his hospital bed as the inquiry goes on.
Cook, a producer of material for the Classified Goons channel on YouTube, claimed he was making jokes with Colie for another video.

Tanner Cook said,

“I was playing a prank and a simple practical joke, and this guy didn’t take it very well.”

As Colie reportedly pulled out his pistol, his companion was filming the incident on his phone. The video, according to the family, is now part of the evidence.

He said,

“He didn’t say anything to me.”

Tanner Cook’s father described the gunshot as unexpected and unnecessary, regardless of the events that preceded it.

Tanner Cook’s father Jeramy Cook said,

“They were making a video at the mall and trying to have fun with people and this guy wasn’t having fun.”

“There was a phone that was around him and they were interviewing or talking to him, and he didn’t like it and he pulled out his gun and shot my son.”

Tanner Cook emphasized that his family’s support for his son comes from God and their beliefs.

Even more, he claimed he feels no animosity, resentment, or hate against Colie.

Jeramy Cook said,

“We need restoration, we need healing, and we need to come together,” 

“I pray for this young man and pray that he finds God in this. I believe that God saved our son’s life, and he could have easily died but that’s not the outcome. God has plans for my son.”

His grandfather Mike Cook said,

“It’s surreal,”

“It’s obviously been unnerving and some fear running in and out, but we live on faith and not fear.”

After being closed down for a whole day, the mall reopened on Monday.

Phyllis Randall, chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, reported that she received several calls from concerned people. She pays attention to both the victim and the witnesses to the incident.

Randall said,

“I’ve heard from so many of my constituents and they’re traumatized,”

“The victims are more than just people directly involved. People have secondary trauma from this and may never walk back into this mall again.”

Tanner Cook indicated that despite his wounds, he will continue to make videos.

Colie received a public defender when he was arraigned on Monday.

Detective K. Mitchell may be reached at 703-777-1021 if you have any other information.


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