HOOVER, Alabama: On Thanksgiving night , a violent shooting incident took place at a crowed Alabama Mall. One man was killed by police in efforts to take control of the situation. Later on, the police clarified that the man who lost is life was not the likely the Gunman who started the shooting.
The upscale Alabama mall was full of Black Friday Shoppers when the incident occurred. The shooting broke out after a fight; leaving an 18 yr old shot twice and another 12 year old bystander who was shot in the back.
Police responded immediately to the situation and dispatched officers to the location of the shooting. One officer shot and killed a 21 year old man named Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford jr., the young man was seen fleeing the scene with a weapon in his possession.Initially Police claimed that the slain 21 year old was the perpetrator of the shooting. Though the statement was taken back later on.
Hoover Police Captain Gregg Rector stated:
“New evidence now suggests that while Mr. Bradford may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim,”
Rector further added that forensic reports reveal that there were at least two people who were involved in the initial shooting.One gunman is still at large who shot the 18 year old and the 12 year old bystander.
The mall was immediately closed after the incident. Videos of the shooting also started popping up on social media almost instantly.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is overseeing the whole incident personally; because there is a serving officer involved in the shooting.Hoover Police has requested all citizens to provide them with any kind of information they have regarding the incident including photos/video evidence of this crime scene.
The injured 12 year old girls mother posted on social media about her daughters condition. Hoover Police confirmed on Friday Morning that the young lady is in stable condition.
The officer who shot and killed the 21 year old gunman has sent on administrative leave while the incident is being further investigated. The officer’s name although has been kept secret by the Hoover Police.