Victoria Greene of Pensacola, Florida, told CNN she was at the mall with her husband and two children.
Police say it started as a dispute between two men.
Golson was taken into custody without incident. Both he and the victim are 22 years old and from Nashville.
Frightened employees say they ran for the exits after a capturing a Nashville mall.
"One of them was critically wounded".
Numerous ambulances and emergency vehicles were seen outside the mall Thursday, with people standing in the parking lot. A witness reported seeing a gun inside Lavender's purse at the mall.
"I really didn't have time to think that much, but get out of there", she said. Police said the gunman then gave up his weapon and surrendered, saying he didn't want any more trouble.
Squad cards were parked at all the mall entrances and most of the responding officers appeared to be inside the building.
She later learned that her daughter was unhurt, but remained stuck outside while officers did their work.
'My husband and I took our son Bentley to the mall, and he wanted to go on the bungee, which is about two stores down from Forever 21, ' she told DailyMail.com.
The id of the particular person wasn't instantly launched after Thursday's capturing.
It happened at the mall, which is located at 433 Opry Mills Drive, just before 2 p.m. Troopers immediately responded to assist the Metro Nashville Police Department.
Nashville Police tweeted the suspected shooter was in custody and there was no additional threat. "'Mall being swept by MNPD officers as a precaution". One person down at Old Navy.