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NORMAN — A man shot twice inside a Penn Square Mall shoe store last month was jailed Wednesday for violating a court order.

Gerron Cobb was directed by Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman to complete a 90-day inpatient drug treatment program as a condition of his release from jail in October. Cobb, 22, was discharged from a recovery center in Tecumseh after 42 days for "behavioral issues."

"I am not comfortable having you back in the community," Balkman told the defendant, who has criminal cases pending in Cleveland and Oklahoma counties, mainly for drug offenses.

The judge said Cobb will remain in custody until space in another inpatient facility becomes available.

Cobb was shot twice during an altercation at Foot Locker in the Oklahoma City mall on Dec. 19. The gunfire caused panic among holiday shoppers, who took cover in stores, closets and restrooms. The mall was locked down for several hours following the shooting.

Elizha "Trey" Cardale Sanders, 24, is accused of shooting Cobb and is facing a felony charge of assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Police said Sanders and Cobb had "prior issues" and began exchanging words after running into each other at Foot Locker.

The two then began fighting, police told a judge. After the fight was over, Sanders reached into his pants, got a gun and shot Cobb, police wrote in an affidavit requesting his arrest."After the victim was shot, he fell and began crawling out of the store. Sanders pursued the victim continuing to shoot at him. The victim was struck at least two times," according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Sanders was released from jail last week after his family posted bond. Sanders' attorney told The Oklahoman his client was shopping for his sister at the mall when he was jumped by "four thugs." The attorney, David Slane, said Sanders acted in self-defense.

Cobb, who was shot in the arm and lung, was hospitalized for several days. He appeared in court with his left arm in a sling. Defense attorney Malcolm Savage told the judge his client has bullet fragments in his lung that may require another surgery.

"He's truly a victim here," Savage told the judge.

The defense attorney said Cobb spent 11 days in another inpatient facility but was dropped because of insufficient insurance coverage. He was enrolled in an out-patient program when he was shot, the attorney said.

Assistant District Attorney John Pevehouse told Balkman he didn't trust the defendant to do the right thing based on his past record.

"Judge, this is consistent with his behavior. He doesn't get along with anyone," Pevehouse said. "Mr Cobb has consistently .... placed himself in a path of violence and drugs."

Outside the courtroom, Cobb's mother expressed regret about the mall shooting.

"We're just thankful that he is alive, but remorseful that the community had to have such a scare," she said. "Gerron is on the right road to recovery."

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<strong>Gerron Cobb is taken into custody by a Cleveland County Sheriff´s deputy Wednesday after after a judge said he violated a court order. Cobb, 22, was shot twice during an altercation at Penn Square Mall on Dec. 19. [TIM WILLERT/THE OKLAHOMAN]</strong>

Gerron Cobb is taken into custody by a Cleveland County Sheriff´s deputy Wednesday after after a judge said he violated a court order. Cobb, 22, was shot twice during an altercation at Penn Square Mall on Dec. 19. [TIM WILLERT/THE OKLAHOMAN]

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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9f4fe354e207121c809779c7d12f96e8.jpg" alt="Photo - Law enforcement works the scene after a shooting at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Law enforcement works the scene after a shooting at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Law enforcement works the scene after a shooting at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9127293ae2fa4a11feeaa55693f7f46d.jpg" alt="Photo - People leave the south side of Penn Square Mall after being evacuated following a shooting inside the mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="People leave the south side of Penn Square Mall after being evacuated following a shooting inside the mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>People leave the south side of Penn Square Mall after being evacuated following a shooting inside the mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8a65f595830dcf1c82e37d98dfe5d79d.jpg" alt="Photo - People cross Northwest Expressway after a shooting inside Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="People cross Northwest Expressway after a shooting inside Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>People cross Northwest Expressway after a shooting inside Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-72b526096a8b84da0cbab755cc867b2c.jpg" alt="Photo - Santa Claus waits near a police car after being evacuated from Penn Square Mall following a shooting inside the mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Santa Claus waits near a police car after being evacuated from Penn Square Mall following a shooting inside the mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Santa Claus waits near a police car after being evacuated from Penn Square Mall following a shooting inside the mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9d250b0425dacde3d4f71b8eebacc2f5.jpg" alt="Photo - First responders work the scene after a shooting at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="First responders work the scene after a shooting at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>First responders work the scene after a shooting at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b19675803ad1ab6907eb1417c7319cd0.jpg" alt="Photo - The south side of Penn Square Mall after a shooting inside the mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="The south side of Penn Square Mall after a shooting inside the mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>The south side of Penn Square Mall after a shooting inside the mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a9110ce20519acbf3ed2bc0b97985321.jpg" alt="Photo - First responders work the scene after a shooting at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="First responders work the scene after a shooting at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>First responders work the scene after a shooting at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e39b3cadecdffb802898db562bfff108.jpg" alt="Photo - People cross Northwest Expressway after a shooting inside Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="People cross Northwest Expressway after a shooting inside Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>People cross Northwest Expressway after a shooting inside Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure>
Tim Willert

Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers K-12 education, including Oklahoma City Public Schools and the state Education Department. Before that he covered district, federal and appellate courts in Oklahoma County. Prior... Read more ›

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