Alabama mall shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 wounded

The mall had seen 25,000 shoppers over the course of the busy retail day, local media reported. Reuters Photo/ representation only 

Police responding to a fight inside an Alabama shopping mall shot and killed a man who had brandished a weapon, authorities have said.

Two other people were injured, including a 12-year-old girl.

The Hoover Police Department said in a statement that two men were engaged in a "physical altercation" at the glitzy Riverchase Galleria in Hoover late Thursday when one of the men pulled out a handgun and shot the other man twice.

Two officers who were providing security at the mall heard the gunfire and approached the area. They spotted a suspect waving a pistol and shot him. He died at the scene.

Local news media reported that the Jefferson County coroner's office identified him as 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr of Hueytown.

The other shooting victim was an 18-year-old male from Birmingham. He was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition. A 12-year-old bystander was also shot and taken to Children's Hospital by a Hoover Fire Department rescue squad.

Police said the fight happened on the mall's second-floor concourse area, near the entrance to the Footaction shoe store. Capt. Greg Rector said Friday that investigators do not know what sparked the original confrontation between the men.

A witness, Lexi Joiner, told Al.com she was shopping with her mother when the gunfire started. Joiner said she heard six or seven shots and was ordered, along with some other shoppers, into a supply closet for cover.

"It was terrifying," Joiner said.

A woman who described herself as the mother of the injured 12-year-old posted on social media that the girl was on a Black Friday shopping trip with other family members when the shooting happened, and didn't immediately realize that the pain in her back was from a bullet.

"She was hurting a lot, but very brave and positive as always," the mother wrote after seeing the girl when she arrived at a hospital.

Hoover police said Friday morning that the girl was in stable condition. The officer who shot the gunman was placed on administrative leave while the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office investigates the shooting. The officer's name was not released. The officers were not hurt.

Video posted on social media by shoppers showed a chaotic scene as shoppers fled the mall, which closed for the remainder of Thursday night.

The mall, located in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, reopened at 6 am on Friday, a Riverchase Galleria mall security officer said. It bills itself as the largest enclosed shopping centre in Alabama, with more than 150 stores.

Shooting at New Jersey mall sparks panic

A man was shot in the wrist after a fight at a crowded New Jersey mall on Black Friday, police said, sparking panic on the busiest shopping day of the year.

It was not immediately clear what the motive behind the shooting was as the victim was refusing to cooperate, but the gunshot led to the evacuation of the Jersey Gardens mall as police converged on the scene.

Videos posted on social media showed shoppers taking cover, while others were being urged to "get down." Some took to Twitter to say they thought they were under attack by an active shooter.

The mall had seen 25,000 shoppers over the course of the busy retail day, local media reported.

"It was an isolated incident," Lieutenant Todd Kelly of the Elizabeth Police Department told AFP.

"A male was shot in the wrist in the hallway of the Jersey Gardens Mall, between the Tommy Hilfiger and Marshalls Store.

"We have not apprehended a suspect, and the victim is not cooperating on identifying the suspect. The mall is secure and evacuated at this point," Kelly said.

Disputes between shoppers scouring for bargains on Black Friday often result in violence. Eleven Americans have been killed and 116 injured on the day since 2006, according to the website Blackfridaydeathcount.com.

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