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Alabama Mall shooting leaves 1 death, 2 injured

HOOVER, Ala. "The police responded to a fight in an Alabama shopping mall and killed a man who had branded…

HOOVER, Ala. “The police responded to a fight in an Alabama shopping mall and killed a man who had branded a weapon,” said the authorities Friday. Two other people were injured, including a 12-year-old girl.

Hoover Police Department said in a statement that two men were engaged in a “physical injury” at the Glitzy Riverchase Galleria in Hoover on Thursday when one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the other man twice.

Two officers who secured security at the mall heard the shooting and approached the area. They saw a suspicious wave of a gun and shot him. He died on stage. His name was not released immediately, but the police said he was 21 years old and from Hueytown.

The second shooter was an 18-year-old man from Birmingham. He was taken to a nearby hospital in a serious condition. A 12-year-old opponent is also taken and taken to the Children‘s Hospital by a Hoover Fire Department rescue team.

Police said the match occurred at the mall’s second floor concourse area, near the entrance to the Footaction shoe store. Captain Greg Rector said at a press conference that investigators did not know what led to the original confrontation between men.

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

“It was scary,” said Joiner.

A woman who described herself as a mother of injured 12-year-olds posted on social media that the girl was on a black Friday shopping trip with other family members when the shot occurred, and did not immediately realize that the pain in the back was from a bullet.

“She hurt a lot, but very brave and positive as always,” the mother wrote after seeing the girl when she came to a hospital.

The Hoover police said Friday morning that the girl was in stable condition.

The officer who shot the shooter was placed on administrative leave while Jefferson County Sheriff Office investigated the shot. The officer’s name was not released. Officers were not injured.

Videos published on social media by buyers revealed a chaotic scene that shoppers escaped from the mall which was closed for the rest of Thursday night.

The mold, located in Birmingham’s Hoover suburb, opened again at 6 o’clock on Friday, said a Riverchase Galleria Mall security officer. It is considered the largest closed shopping mall in Alabama, with more than 150 stores.

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