The incident unfolded at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama, about 10 miles from Birmingham. As shoppers flocked to the mall to shop for Black Friday deals, an 18-year-old male was shot twice and a 12-year-old female bystander was shot in the back.
An officer responding to the scene then shot and killed 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. of Hueytown, who police said was fleeing the scene and brandishing a weapon. Police initially said they thought Bradford had shot the teen after a physical altercation but retracted that statement Friday night.
“Over the past 20 hours, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigators and crime scene technicians have interviewed numerous individuals and examined several critical evidentiary items,’’ Hoover Police Captain Gregg Rector said in a statement. “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.”
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Rector said investigators now believe that more than two people were involved in the initial fight before the shooting. The information also indicated that “there is at least one gunman still at-large, who could be responsible for the shooting of the 18-year-old male and 12-year-old female."
Jefferson County District Attorney Mike Anderton said the State Bureau of Investigation would be leading the probe after discovering an eyewitness is related to Jefferson County Sheriff-Elect Mark Mettway, AL.com reported. Police has asked anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact investigators.
The Hoover Police Department is, however, conducting an internal investigation into Mr. Bradfords killing by the officer. That officer, who has not been identified, has been put on administrative leave until the investigation is complete. Captain Rector did not answer other questions about the officer on Saturday.
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The officer who shot the gunman was placed on administrative leave while the authorities investigate the shooting. The officer's name was not released. The officers were not hurt.
The 12-year-old girl was said to be in stable condition. The 18-year-old male was said to be in serious condition as of Friday night, the Hoover Sun reported.
ICE arrested a man meeting with immigration officials. Local police arrested the churchgoers who helped him.
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HOOVER, Ala. (WBMA) — Police are still searching for at least one gunman involved in a Thanksgiving night shooting at an Alabama mall.
According to a release from the Hoover Police Department, new evidence suggests that Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, who was shot and killed by officers, may have been involved in the original altercation, but he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the original victim.
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Investigators believe that several people were involved in the original fight, and this indicates that there is at least one gunman still at large, who could be responsible for shooting the 18-year-old male and the 12-year-old female.
The release continues, saying “We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not. We remain committed to maintaining the integrity of this investigation, helping determine the facts involved, and assisting ALEA in their efforts. We encourage anyone with information, photos or video evidence of this crime scene to please contact ALEA investigators. If you wish to remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward you may contact Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at 205-254-7777.”